Monday, 17 February 2014

Today is D Day

Today we made a start on our neutering programme.  It's a mammoth task and without my husband and his love and concern for these dogs, I don't know how I would manage.  He will never know just how much I appreciate him.

We set off as usual to the industrial estate and fed a total of 23 dogs.

The black pups are doing well and are absolutely gorgeous.   They are a couple of months old and are sisters, and if anyone in the Bodrum/Milas area is interested in adopting them, please let me know.

These were taken
last week.

Mum and the 7 surviving pups are also doing well.  More about what will happen to them further on in this post.

Without having to use sedatives, but with a great deal of struggling between the two of us, we managed to get two females into the back of the car to take to the Belediye vet for spaying.  The brown dog, who is a pitbull type, we think has had more than one litter.  When we first started feeding at the estate she had only one pup with her.  Sadly this pup was killed along with another pup, when they tried to get into the old car which houses Mum and 7 pups.  It was a tragic incident which we only learned about several days later.  The Mum, trying to protect her babies, attacked and killed them.

Brown mum a few weeks ago with her pup before it was killed

On the back seat of the car.  Not easy to take photos when my right hand was stroking the other dog on the floor!

So first the brown dog was put into the car, and then we searched for the next dog.

The second dog ready for spaying

We  believe that this lovely girl has also had previous litter(s) and sadly she is around 2 weeks pregnant at the moment.  She is having the foetuses aborted and being spayed.  This may sound harsh to you animal lovers out there, and I can assure you it breaks my heart, but if any of you are aware of the enormous problem here, you will understand that this decision is the best one.  I can't bear to think of anymore pups being born here just to have a slow lingering death from starvation, or to be hit by cars, or worse by the cruelty inflicted by people here.

 The journey to the Milas shelter was further than we anticipated.  It some distance from Milas, and we had never been there before.  We didn't really know what to expect.  I have to say I was expecting the worst, because many council shelters are dreadful places. 

I was very pleasantly surprised..  It is out in the countryside.  It is spotlessly clean and well maintained.  Dogs are separated in large pens according to size and temperament, which lead off to good sized sleeping cages.  There are others areas outside too with wooden kennels.   The surgery and all areas inside the building are also sterile.   There were two male workers there who showed us around.  They seemed to have a good rapport with the dogs, and were proud of how well they look after them and their surroundings. It's almost full of course, but all the dogs seemed well fed and healthy.  We wanted to take photos but the vet explained that we weren't allowed to because it is a government building...shame because I would have liked you to have seen it.

The vet, although previously a little unhelpful when Mr A spoke to him last week in Milas, was in fact quite a pleasant chap.  He is clearly very busy, and he is finding it difficult to cope with the numbers of neutering operations he has to do.  However, he allowed us to leave the two dogs together in a large sleeping cage and he will fit in their operations during the next couple of days, then telephone us to come and collect them. 

Contrary to what we first understood, we won't be able to take 2 dogs every day to be spayed, but the vet will fit in as many as he can over the coming days and weeks, and we will fit in with him.

We told him about the Mum and 7 surviving pups and the conditions in which they are living, and he says he will find a space for them in the shelter.  He says we shouldn't try to move them at the moment but wait a further 4 weeks when the Mum will hopefully have finished weaning them, and then we can take them there.   It's good advice.   As you will see from the photo, the towels and blankets that the pups are sleeping on are really dirty but I cannot get near them to put fresh ones down because the Mum is so protective.  She is fine with us outside the car, but will not allow us inside.

I am delighted that eventually she and her babies will be safe.  Again, it would be lovely to find homes for these pups eventually, as well as the two girls we took to the shelter today. If anyone is interested in giving a home to any of these dogs, let me know.

We are thankful for the generosity of readers of my blog, and Facebook friends who have donated to help us with all this.   As someone who once hated to ask for help,  I have managed to overcome this because without the kindness of others, it would be impossible to do what we do.

We will continue to go to the estate every day to feed and give treatments to the dogs, and crack on with the neutering programme. Each round trip to the estate is 10km, and to the shelter is 40km from home, and it's costing us a lot in petrol. 

I have 5 people who are currently donating a monthly amount via Paypal, and this helps me to budget for food etc.  But we do need more.  If anyone is able to commit to a couple of pounds a month, this would be a tremendous help.  One off donations, no matter how small, are also very welcome.   Thankyou xx


  1. Well done and I am glad the vet is cooperative, it makes your task a bit easier. It is so overwhelming I know, I am feeding many mothers with pups and some have been killed on the road. Everyday the dog shelter truck passes many of these poor females, yet never stops to take them in for spaying which is so important if we are to get the numbers down.F.XXX

    1. It's never ending Fleur. This morning one of the black pups is poorly so Mr A has taken them both to see the vet. They were doing so well. Anything can happen so quickly when they are living in these conditions :-(

  2. I'm so glad the neutering has started, Ayak, and that the mother and pups will be found a place in the shelter. Hopefully if the neutering programme continues and spreads the problems will become less acute in future .

    1. Well of course what we do is just a drop in the ocean Perpetua, but every little bit helps. We can only do so much here, just the two of us, but thankfully there are like-minded people in many other areas who are doing the same x

  3. Great work, Ayak and so good to find like-minded people who are doing such valuable work in a country where so many don't seem to care about the number of stray dogs. Let's hope the programme continues well - I wish you all the luck in the world. Axxx

    1. Thankyou very much Annie. There's a long way to go but we'll give it our best shot for as long as we can xx


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