About Us

Nine Lives Greece – Οι Εφτάψυχες – started working in 2006 and became a recognized Greek charity in 2008. Our board members, Eleni Kefalopoulou, Carol McBeth, Eleni Calligas, Marina Nikolakopoulou and Zoey Chia, combine years of experience in animal welfare and offer varying and complementary skills to help Nine Lives in its mission to improve conditions for existing and future felines in Athens and beyond.

Our task would not be possible to accomplish without the tireless assistance of fellow volunteers who help in the daily feeding of the cats, take part in our fundraising activities, seek out good homes for cats and kittens in need, catch and drive cats to and from the vets, spread the word about neutering and rehoming, and much, much more.

What We Do

Nine Lives Greece – Οι Εφτάψυχες helps cats now, through feeding and care, and for the future, by neutering and rehoming.

Our main aim is the humane reduction of the stray cat overpopulation through trap-neuter-return programmes. Each year, we get hundreds of stray cats in Athens neutered/spayed, greatly reducing the numbers of unwanted kittens born each season, and ensuring a healthier adult cat population.

We also improve the quality of life for existing street cats through feeding programmes (on a daily basis, we feed nearly 450 stray and abandoned cats in central Athens), routine anti-parasite treatment, and veterinary care for ill or injured felines. In addition, we try to find loving, responsible homes for as many stray or abandoned cats and kittens as possible.

We are just a handful of volunteers who dedicate our spare time to the stray cats, we have no office, no shelter facilities, no animal ambulance or transport van, and we receive no state funding or assistance.

In The Press

Three Chatty Cats
The popular cat welfare-focused blog talked to Nine Lives Greece co-founder Cordelia about the charity’s work for the street cats of Athens. (Three Chatty Cats, 26/09/2016)

Nine Lives Appears on Alpha TV
In February 2016, the crew of Animaniac TV show took a cat-walk around central Athens meeting strays with Nine Lives Greece volunteers. (Alpha TV, 14/02/2016)

MAD TV
Nine Lives volunteers Christina and Lia talk to MAD TV about our first Athens Internet Cat Video Festival, and about cats, of course! (Mad TV, 05/04/2015)

Portes Magazine
Portes Magazine took a tour with Nine Lives to learn how the charity is making Greece better for cats and communities, one cat at a time. (Portes Magazine, 22/02/2015)

Athens Living
Athens Living went on a feeding expedition with Nine Lives volunteers, met some of our feline friends and learned about our work. (Athens Living, 13/07/2012)

The Telegraph
The story of deaf Aslan, told by his adopter, featured in the UK’s top-selling newspaper’s Pet Tales column (and book). (Sunday Telegraph, 05/10/2012)

Nine Lives on Skai TV
Paratriha show’s team came to meet and feed cats, while talking about the dangers that abandoned cats face and the importance of neutering. (SKAI, 20/11/2011).

Athens News – Who’s Doing Good?
‘Who’s Doing Good?’: Two reporters met volunteers who dedicate their time to feeding and caring for the stray cats of Athens. (Athens News 31/07/2009)