We all know that there are far too many dogs out on the streets of this country. It is something that distresses me every day of my life. As you already know I have 9 dogs that I have rescued. They are now happy, well fed and safe. We also take responsibility for other strays in our area, as do many other volunteers in other parts of Turkey.
We feed them during the winter months, when food is scarce, and have also encouraged the locals to feed them during the summer months. This (touch wood) is working so far.
We are also aware that by law the vets employed by the local councils have a responsibility to spay and neuter street dogs. Those of you involved in animal rescue and welfare here, will know only too well that many of these vets do not implement the TNR (Trap, Neuter and Release) programme. Our council vet is a difficult man to tie down. We only managed to get two female dogs spayed by him during the winter, in spite of the fact that he had promised to do one a week. Constant badgering has made no difference, and because Mr A is now working an average of 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, he doesn't have the time to fight this battle. It is something that he will start again in earnest once the summer season is finished.
Today my friend David collected me and Melek and took us to my vet Mehmet's clinic for Melek to be spayed. We waited around in 40 degrees heat for the operation to be completed,then collected her and brought her home. As usual, a huge thankyou to David for all his help.
I found Melek a coolish spot in the house and she slept off the anaesthetic. It's actually not cool anywhere in the house to be honest, and my aircon (which I rarely use) is not working...just when I need it!
Around 4pm, Melek got up and made her way to the door. I let her out and she went to the toilet. Chas and Dave, who normally jump all over her, were incredibly gentle with her, as were Monty and Tommy. It never fails to amaze me how sensitive these animals are, and it's a real joy to watch them all treading carefully around Melek and kissing her. Her appetite is unaffected and she has eaten her dinner. She shows no signs of wanting to come back into the house and appears perfectly happy to be outside with her brothers.
Seven of my nine dogs have now been spayed or neutered. Chas and Dave are next on the list and will be done in approximately a month's time.
Having paid the vet today and also stocked up with 4 sacks of dried food, my dog fund is now exhausted. Apart from the two neutering ops now required for Chas & Dave, I am anxious to start building up the fund for the feeding programme which will start again in October. Please help if you can. Every donation, no matter how small, really helps. (You'll find the Paypal button at the top of the page). Thankyou.
Read more: http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animal-issues/overpopulation/spay-neuter/#ixzz35qlRd7Ew