Figuring out the number of stray dogs in Cyprus is a hard task.
CSPCA claims that over 200,000 dogs are abandoned every year in the government controlled areas of Cyprus. D.O.G Rescue Cyprus says that the estimated number of abandoned dogs in Cyprus is 170,000 per year.
According to veterinary services stats, between 2014 -2016, 694 dogs were euthanised by the public service alone.
Whichever of these numbers is closest to the truth, the numbers are huge for a country of less than one million people. Many perfectly healthy dogs are abandoned each year by their owners and end up in shelters or at the pound to be euthanised.