Shelter & Clinic In Turkey
Why do you help dogs in Turkey & not the UK?
We do help dogs & cats in the UK when needed through a number of our programmes. Please see our menu for more information.
We stepped up to help dogs in Turkey at the end of 2021 when the war on dogs began. Dogs were & still are being cleared from the streets & abandoned in remote areas with no access to food or water. They were being dumped at rubbish tips, living among the festering piles of garbage, exposed to disease & poisoning from toxic substances. They had no shelter, no food or water. Dogs are shot, poisoned & beaten to death every week. We couldn’t watch puppies dying slowly from poison or being strangled & dogs being raped & not do something.
Where is your shelter project located
It is located in a small town in Turkey called Lapseki, our project runs alongside the municipality.
Why are the dogs on concrete
We have hundreds of dogs under our care. Managing that number of dogs needs careful consideration. If we were to keep the dogs on grass the area would quickly become a mud bath. That would obviously be a very poor environment for the dogs. It is vital that we keep the dogs living accommodation clean. We need to be able to hose & dry the area daily. This is not possible on grass.
Why is there no bedding in the kennels
At the moment we are trying to find suitable bedding. The dogs take blankets out of the kennels frequently, it gets wet, needs to be laundered & dried. Some of the dogs chew the blankets giving us cause for concern as this could cause serious medical issues requiring urgent medical care. The dogs that live with us have never seen a kennel before never mind bedding. They have sheltered under trees, in shop doorways or suffered the elements. We are hopeful that they are happy to wait for us to get their bedding requirements right for them. As the warmer weather approaches we have time to get this right, a decision must be made before autumn begins to creep in as winters can be harsh in Turkey. The puppies & the nursing mothers have blankets. We have blankets in the clinic too.
Why do some dogs not eat out of the troughs
Many of our dogs have never seen a feeding trough before, they have always eaten from the bare ground. We have noticed that some dogs are suspicious of the feeders or just not comfortable eating from them & have been taking the food out & putting it on the ground. Eating from the ground is unsanitary so, having identified those who do not like the troughs we are feeding them from shallow trays. We are happy to this while they get used to the troughs & if they never get used to them they can continue with the trays.
Do the dogs know which kennel is theirs
They don’t. We have the same number kennels as dogs & allow them to choose their own. Most of the dogs did this within the first 48 hours & have stuck to their chosen kennel. A few of the dogs don’t like them, they don’t know what they are & have continued sleeping on the ground. Gradually they will get used to them as they watch their friends use theirs. If anyone needs a bit of extra help they will receive it. For example they may not be happy with the way we have set the kennels up or the direction they face. They may not be happy with their kennel facing another. We are listening to them & will do whatever they need. We have a little terrier who is a very happy chap but insists on tucking himself between a kennel & the partition wire at night. If he continues to do this we will ask the carpenter to build him a little hidey-hole kennel & position it in his chosen location. You may have noticed that the kennels are all large or extra large, this is because most of our dogs are very big & most of the smaller dogs like to bunk in together in their bonded groups.
Do The dogs fight
The dogs in general population do not fight as long as they have enough food, which they do. We have some dog selective dogs who live in smaller social groups ranging from 2 to 10 in number. We sadly have a few dogs who are unable to tolerate being around other dogs. These dogs have their own kennels & outdoor runs. Sick dogs & dogs recovering from operations are kept seperate from the main group on a temporary basis.
Where do the dogs exercise
At present we do not have a dedicated exercise yard as such, they are able to move around freely. They have enough space for rough & tumble play.
Why are there no trees, shrubs & plants in the shelter grounds
Because we have no budget for landscaping. It will be the very last thing we do. The dogs needs must be met first. However if someone would like to gift landscaping & a gardener we would be delighted.
Do you only treat homeless dogs in the clinic
At the moment yes but Dr V & I hope to have a roadmap to outreach which will include education & free sterilisations to the local community living in poverty or close to it. When sick dogs have owners & no means to pay for vet treatment we will help but this is subject to funding.
Are all the dogs sterilised
I live overseas Can I adopt a dog
No, sorry. The project is 100% focused in country
Is work at the shelter finished
No. Improvemnts & upgrades are ongoing.
Does the clinic carry out private work
No. The clinic is only available for the treatment of homeless dogs & cats & companion animals living in poverty with their families.
Do Teams Run The Project
No. Dr V is responsible for all medical treatments & Michelle is responsible for raising funds to pay for the dogs needs. The Mayor pays for the water & electricity & provides a wage for the shelter worker.
Do You Support Other Organisations Or People In Turkey
No we do not. In the early days before the shelter & clinic project began we sent food aid to many animal defenders in Turkey. Since the project began we do not have the funds to support efforts outside of Lapseki. We do not & have not ever supported any organisations in Turkey with cash funding.
Do You Take In Vulnerable Dogs From Outside The Local Area
Are The Dogs Under Your Care From The Same Place
No. Our dogs have come from all types of environments. Forests, rubbish tips, graveyards, towns & villages & situations where they are vulnerable or their lives are threatened.
Can We Ask You To Take A Dog That We Know Is In Trouble
Sadly at the moment we are at full capacity.
Are You Ever Not Able To Help A Dog
Unfortunately when funds are not available we are not able to help a dog.