Move It For Dogs 2023

We are calling folks to action following shocking viral footage of a dog being beaten with a shovel in Konya, Turkey.

There has been international outrage following the incident, which is alleged to be part of a culling process.

We are responding to this sickening event with our Move It For Dogs 2023 challenge.

Throughout 2023 we are asking folks to get walking for dogs in four locations in Turkey.

We are partnering with four of our trusted friends in an effort to spay and neuter homeless dogs.

The locations chosen for our big dream are Lapseki villages, Aydin, Bilecik & Ankara.

We are asking folks to pull together and walk the distance between Dog Desk Animal Action HQ in Ashbourne Derbyshire and our shelter project. A distance of 2,026.6 miles.

Markers on the map will be updated as participants move along the map on their digital journey.

Ideally we would like to raise £40,000 over the course of 2023 split between the four chosen areas at £10,000 each.

Our Journey

Ashbourne – Northampton 72 miles

Northampton – Luton 37 miles

Luton – Dover 103 miles

Dover – Calais 29 miles

Calais – Cologne 246 miles

Cologne – Frankfurt 108 miles

Frankfurt – Nuremburg 130 miles

Nuremberg – Vienna 292 miles

Vienna – Budapest 150 miles

Budapest – Belgrade 218 miles

Belgrade – Sofia 262 miles

Sofia – Haskovo 140 miles

Haskovo – Kesan 129 miles

Kesan – Lapseki 75 miles

Lapseki – Aydin 254 miles

Aydin – Afyonkarahisar 192 miles

Afyonkarahisar – Ankara 162 miles

Ankara – Bilecik 186 miles

Bilecik – Lapseki 202 miles

Why Spay and Neuter?

It is well accepted that just one mating and all the offspring over a six year period has the potential to produce in excess of 60,000 unwanted puppies.

Many of those puppies will not survive long as they are exposed to danger the second they are born. Disease, hunger, loss of their mother, traffic & human harassment all pose great risks to the pups.

Those which survive face a tough life on the streets where only the strongest survive.

It is not a good life.

Turkey is deeply engaged in looking at humane solutions to solve it’s over population problem. There is talk of mandatory sterilisation from a government department. This is very early stage negotiation & we have no idea whether it will bear fruit.

Regardless we are pressing on because the dogs and our friends in Turkey need us more than ever.

We hope you will join us either by walking to cover some of those miles for us, by donating or sharing our fundraiser.


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