While Greece is in lockdown, people need a certificate if they leave their homes for any reason. GAWF / Animal Action Greece is doing what it can to respond to animal welfare emergencies, including lobbying successfully to ensure official permits for people to go out and feed stray animals!

For now town halls across the country issue special permits to volunteers that have to leave their homes to care for stray cats and dogs they regularly feed. However, these permits only apply to people that feed stray animals within the municipality’s geographical limits!

Here you can find the permit translated in English. Please note that this is only meant to be used as a guide to understand the form in Greek, as an English one won’t be accepted as valid by the authorities. You need to then fill in the Greek form to get approved. Here you can find the Greek form. 

We are still waiting to hear from the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Civil Protection to URGENTLY extend the permit permissions to include volunteers maintaining small dog shelters, or looking after animals some distance from their homes. We will keep you updated!  

This is an unprecedented time in our history. The COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on the health of our families, the businesses we rely upon, the health of the global economy, and the way we live our daily lives.

GAWF / Animal Action Greece are most grateful to our supporters who have made a donation in response to our urgent call for help during these troubled times. It is thanks to you that we are able to keep up this life-saving work, supporting thousands of volunteers and animals across Greece. Please help up continue – click the ‘donate’ button in the top right hand corner! Thank you!