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Stray dog shelter in Nicosia set to expand

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Marking World Stray Animals Day, authorities on Friday announced plans to enhance and expand a dog shelter serving six municipalities in Nicosia.

The day, observed globally on April 4, highlights the plight of homeless animals, with Cyprus accounting for about 200,000 strays, as rescue shelters have reached capacity.

In a joint announcement, the municipalities of Nicosia, Strovolos, Aglandjia, Lakatamia, Agios Dhometios and Engomi said they acquired of a new site adjacent to the current temporary dog shelter in Paliometocho.

Under an agreement inked with the interior ministry, the mayors secured a one-year lease on the property, renewable thereafter.

Acknowledging the pressing issue of growing stray populations and the consequent demand for shelter space, the municipalities sought state land to establish a designated dog exercise area.

Additionally, they pledged to undertake maintenance and upgrades of the existing facilities.

Managed by the animal welfare organisation Simba Animal Aid, the Cyprus Dog Shelter serves as Cyprus’ sole municipal shelter for stray dogs.