Culture & Campus Life
Culture & Campus Life

Animal Shelter

The Shelter was constructed by the University in 1996 inside the University campus, which is situated in the suburb of Rion 7km from Patras, the major city in western Greece, on the initiative of several academic members at the University. These members founded "The Society for the Support of the Animal Shelter of the University of Patras", which was entrusted by the University with the management of the shelter.

The shelter includes a wire fenced land of 4,000 m2 in an out-of-the-way, verdant olive grove inside the campus, the facilities for the animal accommodation, a small house and an adjacent kitchen with storeroom and WC. The shelter is provided with electricity and water from the University networks. Furthermore, it possesses a cesspool and sewerage.

The animal accommodation consists of a 15.0 x 24.5 m structure with 10 separate pens, each one including an indoor space of 3.0 x 1.5 m2, an adjacent roofed outdoor space of 3.0 x 1.5 m2, and an open-air wire fenced space of 10.0 x 3.0 m2. Two to four animals are accommodated in each pen. Furthermore, there are four large open-air wire fenced spaces with trees for the accommodation of puppies and young dogs. Small dog houses have been constructed there to protect the animals in the winter. Recently a boarding department with 4 (1.5 x4.5 m2) pens has been constructed.

The small house currently serves as kitchen and store room for the shelter.

The shelter started its operation on November 1, 1996, with some 20 stray dogs from the campus. Since then more than 500 dogs have been sheltered on a temporary basis, more than 400 have found a family. All dogs are vaccinated and provided with a booklet which accompanies them when they are adopted. Sick or injured animals are treated by veterinarians in Patras. Furthermore, neutering is carried out.

Caretakers hired by the Society feed the animals daily and clean the shelter, while a veterinarian assistant and a group of volunteers collaborate with the veterinarians for their medical care.

In parallel, intensive efforts are made by another group of volunteers to find suitable homes for the dogs. Advertisements are regularly published in the local press and announcements are broadcast by local radio stations. In addition, informative leaflets are distributed to the Society's members and to the public.

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