The Ark, Corfu’s very own animal rescue team

The Ark, Corfu’s very own animal rescue team

The purpose of our trip to Corfu was to collect three dogs and two young cats from The Ark a charitable organisation staffed by volunteers that looks after Corfu’s stray and abandoned animals.

Corfu is where Gerald Durrell lived from an early age and where he developed his interest in and love of flora and fauna. It’s also where he wrote ‘My Family and Other Animals’.

These five animals have all been adopted by people in the UK who came across them while on holiday in Corfu. Louisa and Spiridoula from The Ark have been taking wonderful care of them until we could collect them.

Cats Apollo and Athina are off to live with Philippa and Edward. Setter Julia has been adopted by Michael and Brenda. Arapina will be living with Sam. And Tychi was found by Wizzy, who already has a rescue dog and two rescue cats, so Tychi is going to live with Wizzy’s neighbour.

We’ll be posting more details about each of them separately.

Courier M in the middle flanked by The Ark’s team of volunteers — L to R Louisa, Mel, Pat and Spiridoula

On our arrival, Mel explains to the ferry company staff what we were doing in Corfu. Pat’s daughter who works in a ferry company’s ticket office wanted to meet Billy, and soon a crowd gathered to ooh and aah at all our passengers.

Arapina takes a final walk round

Mel says goodbye to Arapina

Tychi looks out to sea — we all agreed, it was a beautiful day

Spiridoula says goodbye to Tychi

Cocker Spaniel Lucy watches all the activity

Julia looking very demure, and nicely settled in for her trip

Apollo (L) and Athina (R) on board

Loading up, nearly ready to go

Leaving Corfu — a lovely spot where we wish we could have lingered longer


  1. Marcela November 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    They are all beautiful and you guys are angels:)

    • Animalcouriers November 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      They are all delicious. That is kind but it’s the people who fall in love with these dear animals and the fabulous people who care for them in the shelters who are the real angels – we help bring them all together 😉

      • Marcela November 26, 2012 at 4:08 am - Reply

        Well, you are one of their angels. Boy, nice and humble:)

  2. crazytraintotinkytown November 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    It’s a hard life being Courier M flanked by a host of lovelies! Lovely bunch of passengers too

    • Animalcouriers November 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      He he – we never hear him complaining at these photo shoots!

  3. Pat Capodistria November 24, 2012 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    It was lovely to meet you both, and all your fellow passengers. Hope you have a good trip back to UK, and all the animals will soon be with their loved ones.
    Pat (Volunteer at the Ark, Corfu)

    • Animalcouriers November 25, 2012 at 8:13 am - Reply

      Thanks Pat – super to meet you all and see the great things you are doing at The Ark. Good luck and keep up the great work!

  4. tootlepedal November 24, 2012 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    I am exhausted by just reading about your travels.

    • Animalcouriers November 25, 2012 at 8:16 am - Reply

      This last year has been extraordinary with all our trips to Greece, North Cyprus and Turkey. Never a dull moment, unless stuck at a border with endless chai and red tape.

  5. mythreemoggies November 25, 2012 at 6:19 am - Reply

    You guys do amazing work xxx

    • Animalcouriers November 25, 2012 at 8:24 am - Reply

      Thanks boys, these trips out to bring back rescue animals are so rewarding. Meeting the animals and the people at the rescue shelters is great and then we get to deliver the lucky beings to their new homes 😉

  6. Donkey Whisperer Farm November 25, 2012 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Congratulations you just received the 2012 Blogger Of The Year Award. GO to my blog to pick up your Award.

    • Animalcouriers November 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      Wow – thank you so very much! We will pop over 😀

      • Donkey Whisperer Farm November 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm - Reply

        I was up most of the night in pain. I noted your award was not showing must have got removed in my edits of writing. I am deeply sorry. You can now go to the blog to receive you Award and display on your blog. Thank you for understanding. Melody

        • Animalcouriers November 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm - Reply

          Melody, the award is great but of no importance in the face of your pain. Do hope you sleep better tonight – so hard to face a day without sleep, at the best of times.

  7. Dianda November 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Look at all those cutiefaces!

  8. saymber November 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    AC you and your crew are so amazing and doing such a service for our friends! Lucy and her long curly locks are just lovely and Apollo looks like a baby version of our May! 🙂

  9. Beverley Raw December 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    I am Beverley Raw and started the Bob Raw Trust for ARK in memory of my late husband. I am now running a new jewellery business Jocasta Natural Jewellery and will be donating a percentage of my sales to help the trust continue its work in providing emergency funds for distressed animals of Corfu. I have many friends and followers from Corfu now and Chritiana and Louisa and Ileana are among my friends. Please visit my Jocasta page on Facebook and add your like! My new website shortly, will highlight the plight of your animals and hopefully as my business grows, I will be able to help more and more. Thank you. Beverley.

    • Animalcouriers December 17, 2013 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Hi Beverley, sorry for the slow response. When you have your new website ready, please do let us know and we’ll add a link to it from our website. We’ve liked your facebook page and look forward to keeping up with you there. Well done for setting up the trust and good luck in growing it!

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