The way that dogs live in Turkey is something that I find distressing. In all my 13 years here, I have never been able to get used to the numbers of dogs starving and dying on the streets. In my early days here, I adopted a number of dogs, had them vaccinated, kept them for a while and then Mr A found homes for them.
Since then, finances have not allowed me to do more...although my regular followers know I've taken in three more since we moved here but couldn't manage to keep them. However we gave them a good start and Mr A found a home for them.
My own two dogs, Beki and Poppy, were also rescued. Beki almost 10 years ago at 2 weeks old, and Poppy 18 months ago...you may well have seen the "before and after" photos of her on here.
Foreigners come here, see what's happening, and with initial good intentions, try to do what they can to help. They set up dog shelters, raise money to feed the strays and to pay for veterinery treatment. But it's just the tip of the iceberg. The best run shelters operate a mass sterilisation programme and return the dogs to the streets. It's better than herding them all into one place, where they will starve through lack of money, and suffer long lingering death through disease.
Sadly, some of these shelters are so badly run that the dogs would be far better back out on the streets. The video in this post is an example.
The Turkish Animal Group (T:A.G) is run by Karen Lowrie Wren. Karen has worked tirelessly and unselfishly for 9 years to address the problem. She has relied on donations, and a considerable amount of her own money, to rescue dogs, get them speyed and vaccinated and eventually to be adopted by people here and abroad.
She has also been visiting some of the shelters and secretly filmed the following video. You can hear the frustration and distress in her voice, when her requests to take some of the dogs for adoption is refused. I warn those of you who care about the welfare of animals, that this video is hard to watch.
click on the above link if the video doesn't open on here
If you feel that you can do anything at all to help, please visit Karen's Facebook page here.
To all those people posting nasty vindictive comments and personal attacks on either Karen or myself who also hide behind "Anonymous" because they don't have the courage to reveal themselves. Don't waste your time. Your posts will be deleted. My Blog = my choice.