ARGOS was formed in 1996
by animal lovers who decided to unite their forces to ease the
suffering of the thousands of stray animals in Thessaloniki
and suburbs. It is a volunteer , non profit charity and its
only income is the members' yearly fee and a few donations.
We cooperate for neuterings with Municipalities in
Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki. A small van was donated to us by RSPCA
and is being used for the transportation of animals. The
neutered and sick animals recover in our volunteers' houses.
It is the only ethical and efficient way to reduce the stray
population. Therefore, it is one of our main aims.
Neutering the strays may benefit both strays and humans:
:: Neutered dogs
are more healthy and calm
:: The male ones
don't fight on the streets to "win" the female (biting
other dogs and humans, causing car accidents, not
letting people go through)
:: The stray
population drops down very quickly, up to 70% in four
years. This keeps people off from poisoning the strays.
In the beginning, it was difficult for us to persuade those
who fed strays to let us neuter the dogs. They didn't like the
idea of an operation and that the dogs would not have "love
affairs" anymore. But after a while, they could see the
benefits and now more and more people call us for neuterings.
The quality of pets life is very low in our country. We are
trying to educate people about humane treatment of animals,
responsible pet ownership, stray animal control and other
welfare issues (circuses, animal testing, etc). We also run an
educational program for schools.
:: Responsible pet ownership: Before
getting a pet, we should think twice because it has some basic
needs. It is very cute as a puppy/kitty, but we also must take
care of it every day of its life, especially when it grows
old. A pet is for life. (for more details click
:: Circuses with animals: Elephants,
tigers, monkeys and all the other animals we see in a circus
live a very sad life. They are living all their lives in very
small cages, they travel a lot and in countries with various
climates, a lot of violence is used to make them learn tricks,
they are not taken care by a vet and they have improper food
food. Moreover, only one out of six captured wild animals
reaches its final destination (circus or zoo). The only way to
stop this is not to go to the circus and tell our friends
about it (for more details click here).
:: Animal tests for cosmetics: Every year
thousands of animals suffer and die in laboratories. Most of
these tests are not necessary because there are many
alternatives (much more safe for the human consumers) or
because the same or another company have already made these
tests. Above all these, it is not ethical to base our beauty
or the cleaning of our houses on animal suffering. There are
many companies that don't test their products nor their
ingredients on animals. We should also encourage our
representatives in the Government and the EU to ban animal
tests for cosmetics.
:: Fur: It takes about 80 animals to make
a fur coat. Those animals live under terrible conditions (some
even eat their babies!) and are killed with a lot of
suffering: gas, electrocution, etc.