Our long term objective is to reduce the number of street cats and dogs in Dalyan through neutering/spaying projects and re-homing activities. Until this aim is achieved we try to save the animals’ life by providing food, medication and shelter. Furthermore we run education and awareness campaigns throughout the region to improve the re-homing success.
Helping the street cats.
We have installed a safe shelter/feeding stations, this one is in Gulpinar.
This feeding station also provides safety for the street cats.
Neutering and Spaying
Neutering/spaying is the worldwide approved practice to reduce the number of stray animals. We catch the animals and bring them to the local vet, where they are operated upon and tagged. Afterwards the animals have to be looked after for a couple of days, before they can be put back to the street.
Especially during winter when there are no tourists in town, the restaurants that usually provide food for the animals are shut down and the animals are threatened with starvation. Therefore we have installed several feeding stations in town in cooperation with local businesses where the animal get their daily food distributed by a team of volunteers all through the winter.
Animal Shelter Improvement
Dalyan’s Animal Shelter is run by the Municipality but we as volunteers have been given access to help make improvements. We provide food, medication and bedding in the shelter and try to keep it as hygienic as possible. The dogs are well organised in their pack and friendly to humans. The main objective is to re-home the dogs that are shown in our Animal Gallery.
New Quarantine area
Through donations we have been able to build a new quarantine area, the old one was wooden shed which was likely to fall down at any moment. The new one has multiple runs where we can isolate dogs which are new or if they have a contagious disease.
We also had a very generous donation of twelve dog kennels, they are fantastic and we managed to get extra volunteers to varnish them. The dogs absolutely love them as you can see by the pictures.
Our education programme in regional schools aims to improve the public image of animals and educate children how to interact with them. Therefore we take dogs to schools to show them how to look after them and teach them not be frightened of them but how they can even help humans.
We visit schools in DALYAN and nearby villages, and using an excellent slide presentation and educational children’s booklets provided SHKD (Sahipsiz Hayvanları Koruma Derneği) in İstanbul we explain to children why we should respect and care for our local animals. These booklets have been designed by The Dog’s Trust in conjunction with Battersea Dogs Home and the North Shore Animal League and produced in Turkish by SHKD and E.H.D (Evsiz Hayvanlar Derneği) They contain a lot of information but it is presented in such a way as to be thought provoking yet understandable for children of all ages. The aim is to provide children with a better understanding of animals and particularly how it is important to treat them well and neuter owned and stray animals in order to reduce the number unwanted cats and dogs in the world. Awareness: We speak to people all the time, young and old, locals or visitors. We talk about the problem of street animals, TNR, care, responsible ownership etc We talk about the Turkish law and culture, DOHAKDER, what we do and why and basically try to raise awareness about the plight of the stray dogs and cats. We try to get more people involved and explain that everyone can do something to make a difference. It is, after all in everyone’s interest.
Link to training presentation:-
All of these projects are ongoing until the neutering/spaying and re-homing projects show effect. But there is a long way to go so if you would like to support us in any way then please decide how you can by looking at our ‘Support Us’ Page