Ιlioupolis Animal Welfare Union is a non-for-profit, animal rescue organization established in 1997.

Our main activities include the catching, rescuing and caring for stray animals caught in the Municipality of Ilioupolis and its vicinity.
Every year, the Society cares for, feeds, vaccinates and neuters approximately 300 strays, mainly cats and dogs, while also promoting the adoption of strays through various media.
Due to its charitable character, the organisation relies heavily on donations by its members and members of the public.

Our mission
To rescue and protect strays and to promote animal welfare.

Our motto
A Home and a Family for Every Stray
Our definition of a stray animal is: an animal which is outside the territory of a residence and is not being accompanied by its owner or guardian.

We constantly work alongside the veterinarians in our area to ensure that all strays in the care of the Society are properly vaccinated, neutered and cared for. The Ilioupolis Animal Welfare Society also arranges for the treatment and surgeries of those animals that have suffered trauma due to traffic accidents. Unfortunately, such accidents occur frequently due to the heavy traffic in the Ilioupolis area.
We also cooperate, at our own cost, with private boarding kennels and catteries which provide shelter to strays with health problems that have been found unfit to live in the streets.

Our Views on Euthanasia
We are opposed to euthanasia and strive to do everything possible to save an animal’s life. However, when there is no longer any hope of an animal’s recovery, or in the event of severe suffering and a lack of quality of life, we reluctantly put the animal to sleep.

Our volunteers are working on a 24hr basis rescuing and providing their homes as a shelter to stray animals, especially those ones who are recuperating from an illness or accident, as well as offering their cars for the safe transfer of animals.

What We Can and Cannot Provide
We can help you find a home for any stray cat or dog you may find, but we unfortunately cannot provide for all of them, as much as we would like to, due to a lack of funding and resources.

We can also help you to have your pet neutered/spayed and vaccinated at vets that offer special prices and services, but we are unable to do it for you.

Furthermore, we offer advice regarding how to deal with someone who mistreats their pet or strays, or abandons their pet, but we cannot do it for you, once again due to a lack of funding and resources.

And finally, we try to help with as many animals in need from Iloupolis and surrounding areas, but we cannot help them all as much as we would like to.

How you can help:

Are you close to us? You can:
*Offer items: Dog Food and Cat food, bedding, towels, leads and harnesses, doghouses, dog toys, cat litter (clumping) etc
Offer medicines: We always need Vibramycin, Zylapour, Draxin, Glucantime, vaccines, deworming tablets (Drontal, Milbemax), flea and tick treatment products (collars, spot-on, sprays).
*Offer time: We are always looking for people who can help with dog walking and socializing cats or dogs, cleaning our small shelter, transfer animals form/to vets, helping out at Christmas and Easter bazaars.
*Offer your house: Foster. Space is the thing we miss the most. The are only so many animals we have room for in our houses and there only so many private kennels we can pay for. We are always desperate for foster homes.
*Become a member. Our annual membership is €30. You will receive your personal “membership certificate”

Are you far away from us? You can:
*Make a donation. Any donation small or big is extremely helpful to us and we are very grateful for any amount.
*Virtually adopt an animal. Some of the animals we care for cannot be adopted particularly due to health problems or disability, advanced age or because of their «special» personality. These animals are under our protection and live either in foster homes or in kennels. We need aid with their kennel expenses, their food, their medicines and their vet care.
*Become a member. Our annual membership is €30. You will receive your personal “membership certificate”

Any donation, no matter how big or small, always proves extremely helpful to us.

Piraeus Bank
IBAN GR76 0171 0400 0060 4001 0189 237

Or via Paypal : support@zeil.gr

Our Adoption Record for the Past 5 Years

2008 – 76 adoptions
2009 – 130 adoptions
2010 – 196 adoptions
2011 – 168 adoptions
2012 – 180 adoptions
2013 – so far 200(!) adoptions.

Over 750 animals, cats and dogs, have been neutered and vaccinated over the past 5 years.

Some Bright Moments

Aida. Was found with mange


Lazaros. Was hit by a car and left.


Carrot. Was found on the street


Freddy. Found in the rubbish bin


Zara, Freddy’s sister


Buddy. On a cold night in March we were called to see about an injured dog.
We found Buddy crying next to his deceased friend.


Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImL2zgdM9dg

Buddy has now been adopted to Canada.


And some dark moments

November 2012
We were informed that in small neighbourhood the other side of Piraeus a lot of white furry cats had started to appear. On visiting we discovered that a couple that moved away left behind an Angora cat which had started to breed.
We collected 13 white fluffy cats which were spayed/neuter, vaccinated and adopted.


August – October 2012
After 2 months of investigating we found and closed down an illegal puppy mill situated in the outskirts of Athens near Marathon.
With the help of KAZ (http://www.kazshelter.gr/ ) we confiscated 41 animals living in horrible conditions awaiting to be sold for profit.
They have all been put in safe foster homes while we await a trial date to be set.
Photos https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151169634047152.505431.353427217151&type=3


Closure came on October 6th https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151252797057152.519423.353427217151&type=3


August 2012
Animal hoarding. Approximately 30 dogs were kept in house very close to the centre of Athens. Indescribable living conditions for both humans and animals. They were all removed to safe places and were all neutered and given for adoption