It's a grim time for animals on the streets. Many animals are fed during the summer months in tourist areas by people on holiday and by restaurants and hotels...like my Monty was for the first few months of his life. And for him and so many others, he was used as an attraction...cute puppy to bring in the tourists. Once the season is over they are no longer of use so are dumped on the streets to fend for themselves. Monty was one of the lucky ones, rescued by the group Animal Antics in Ovacik. He was fostered short term by one of their supporters, and would have ended up in a council shelter if it hadn't been for their intervention. Then we collected him and he is now part of our family.
|The blue object is a small spare dogbed which I put out for Poppy. She was sick in her usual bed after eating bones. It's too small for her really, but Monty thought he would try it out for size...silly boy!|
|Monty and Poppy on balcony sofa, enjoying the winter sunshine|
Mr A and I are working alone in this remote village to help as many animals as we can. We have had some wonderful support from some lovely people through this blog and Facebook. You can read more about their kindness IN THIS POST
We have had vet costs recently with Sammy's operation. This is the second time the tumour has been removed. It's a bone tumour, and it may grow back again. If so, we will continue to have it removed when it prevents him from eating.
Monty had a check up yesterday with our vet, Mehmet. He is doing well, very healthy apart from his skin disorder. He had an antibiotic injection because his neck was a bit inflamed, just to make sure it doesn't become infected, and on his advice we are leaving his collar off as this may irritate him. Mehmet supplies us with 15kg sacks of dried food at cost price, for which we are very grateful, but we get through an awful lot of it. Our 6 rescue dogs eat twice a day and we take some with us wherever we go..Milas yesterday...and feed dogs who are looking lost and hungry...four were fed yesterday .
|Just part of our supply of dog food and medication., in our kitchen. More will be stored in the secondhand cupboard we recently bought cheap, in our shed, along with towels and blankets kindly donated by people in Bodrum.|
Until recently there were a fair number of stray dogs in our village and we fed them as much as we could. Not as much as we would have liked to. It's not easy with Mr A being out of work all winter and money is tight, but we, like many others dotted about Turkey, do the best we can. During the past week or so most of these dogs have disappeared. No-one would say what had happened to them, but yesterday Mr A was told that they were "removed from the village and dumped somewhere"...no-one knows (or at least they're not saying) where this is. To attempt to find them would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Two or three dogs however are still around..no doubt more will turn up... and Mr A takes food down every evening when he goes to the teahouse. They are very timid and won't come close enough for Mr A to take photos, so he puts the food down at a distance and leaves them to eat. This little guy however plucked up the courage to come a bit nearer. Maybe he has yet to experience the cruelty of people who shoo away the dogs, kick them or throw stones at them.
When I first bowed down to advice and installed a Paypal button on my blog, I had an immediate response of a donation from our dear blogging friend Janice. She made me realise that it wasn't wrong to ask for help. I've had a few more donations since and I am so grateful for the kindness of people.
I don't want to turn this blog into one that is just about rescuing and feeding dogs, and I do try to post about other things. But this is the most important thing in my life in this village, and the plight of these animals is constantly on my mind.
Janice commented on the post that I linked to above, as follows:
"People want to help Ayak, because they can see what a great job you are doing. I have such admiration for you. I think the donate button is a good idea, and from time to time you should do what you have done today...update people on what is happening, and remind people about the donate button. You are right of course that people often have their own "causes" that they are involved with, but many of them, who follow your blog, will know how hard things can be, and will want to help, even if only a little. I am sure every little bit helps. Good luck with it all. Jxxx"
So that's the aim of this post today.
Thankyou for reading xxx