I'm pretty sure that all those lovely people dotted around this country, who give up their time and money to feed, care for, and rescue the animals on the streets, will feel like I do at times. I bet they wonder what the hell they signed up for.
We do our best under such difficult circumstances. Whilst we are caring for many animals, there are others out there shooting the animals and poisoning them. There are shelters all over the country, run by the local authorities who have an obligation by law to take responsibility for strays. This is the law as it stands at the moment
ANIMAL PROTECTION BILL LAW NO. 5199 It makes interesting reading...and that's about it. Very rarely is it put into practise.
Only yesterday we were informed on Facebook about Didim shelter. Volunteers who regularly visit the shelter to do what they can, turned up on Sunday to find puppies dead, and others dying, and no staff on duty. It's a sadly familiar story. I can't tell you how many times I shed tears for the plight of the thousands upon thousands of desperate animals here.
All those who give up their time to do what they can, have to rely on the generosity of others and money from their own pockets, to be able to continue.
I have been lucky enough to receive donations from people who cannot be here to help, but feel the need to do something. I am so grateful for their generosity. But donations are drying up now. As a result we have had to cut back the feeding on the industrial estate and village to every other day. We are committed to giving the 7 pups the best start in life, so not only have we wormed, flea-treated and started the vaccination process for the 3 that we have taken in, but also for the other 4 that we homed.
I have just received a promised donation which was earmarked to get the mum of the pups spayed. But we have a hefty vet bill to pay, so it will have to be used towards that. In the meantime, we are still putting pressure on the Belediye vet to spay the mum, along with others that urgently need doing. However, the local elections due to take place at the end of the month are taking priority over everything else. Every time we approach the Belediye vet, he is "too busy" to help. Even if we manage to get him to do the job he should be doing by law, he will do only the bare minimum, as we discovered with the two bitches we recently had spayed by him. He will do the operation, but we end up buying antibiotics and painkillers from our own vet. We then check them every day, spraying the wounds with antibacterial spray, buying the bucket collars for them, until they are fully recovered.
In a conversation Mr A recently had with one of the candidates running for the head of the Milas Belediye, it was suggested by this man that perhaps a shelter might be considered for our village, and that maybe Mr A and I would run it. What a wonderful idea. But I take a lot of this with a huge pinch of salt. It's all talk. They'll tell people what they want to hear at any given time, just to get votes. Time will tell.
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