Gouves Animal Shelter is located in Gournes, Crete, Greece. Originally this area was an American military base and the Shelter building was a kennel for the military´s dogs. You can still see the name tags, of the previous occupants, on the oldest kennels.
From this small kennel, the shelter grew to the new structure, it is today. We have around 50 kennels inside the shelter and 40 chain places.
All of our kennels are maintained daily and we try to make improvements whenever our finances allow us to do so. Every one of our dogs has shade so they are protected from the hot summer's sun, and they have shields to protect them from the cold wintery showers. The kennels also have a dog house, or a bed, depending on the structure of the kennel.
The Chain Places
We are working hard to get rid of the chains, so we can provide kennels for all of our dogs. At the moment construction is well on it's way and we hope to say goodbye to the last chain places soon.
Our shelter has separate small kennels for puppies, that are not yet fully vaccinated. After they have had their vaccines, they will be moved to bigger kennels.
The Sick Room
We have a small sick room / quarantine room for our furry friends who need extensive medical treatment and observation. We have recently build a few new kennels inside the room, so we have a bigger space to care for injured and sick dogs.
We take care of 200 cats every day and most of these cats live in feeding areas, around the shelter. We don´t have specific facilities for them, but we do take in the ones who are injured or cannot cope outside the shelter. These cats stay in the sick room or in one of our cat recovery kennels with plenty of surface for climbing, until we release them back to the streets, or find hem a foster or forever home.
Part of our shelter is a free fenced area, where dogs can run free with each others or with visitors and volunteers. This area provides a possibility for the dogs to have some exercise and is extremely needed in the winter months when there are no tourists taking the dogs out.