ICAWC in Krakow, Poland, 9-11 October 2018

ICAWC 2018 was held in Krakow, Poland. SNIP International was again represented by Nigel Mason, Annika Lähdeniemi and Lisette Cartier van Dissel with Miranda Luck representing MDC Exports. In addition Carly Bradbury from Cats Protection was a big help with the unpacking, demonstrating and handing out of equipment.

65 groups applied for equipment, a much higher number than in recent years. This was largely due to the large Polish TOZ (Towarzystwo Opiek Nad Zwierzetami w Polsce) contingent, the equivalent of the Polish RSPCA. ICAWC donations were given to 10 out of the 21 national branches attending ICAWC with the other 11 groups receiving donations through Project TNR Poland.

Previous ICAWC donations have numbered: 48 in 2017 Nicosia, Cyprus; 48 in 2016 Dubrovnik, Croatia; 51 in 2015 Porto, Portugal; 47 in 2014 Istanbul, Turkey; 70 in 2013 Barcelona, Spain; 65 in 2012 Athens, Greece and 44 in 2011 Riga, Latvia. In 2018 58% of the groups had not received donations previously.

  • Photos from the event.


The groups came from 26 different countries: Afghanistan (1), Austria (1), Belgium (1), Bulgaria (3), Cape Verde (1), Croatia (1), Cyprus (1), Estonia (1), Germany (3), Greece (2), India (1), Indonesia (1), Italy (1), Japan (1), Malta (1), Morocco (1), Norway (1), Poland (30), Romania (5), Russia (1), Slovenia (1), South Africa (1), Sweden (1), Spain (1), Taiwan (1), Ukraine (1). Of these Indonesia (Bali) and Morocco attended for the first time.

We thank our partners MDC Exports Ltd and Cats Protection for their ongoing generous contributions to the equipment donations.

83 pieces of equipment were donated with protective gloves and cat traps being the firm favourites as usual. As in the previous 2 years Cats Protection donated 20 Feline Fortresses, 15 of which were sent out after the Conference which meant groups from further afield were also able to apply for these bulky items.

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