KKOB

Completely Chillaxed
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
The statement below by Perihan Agnelli of the Animal Aid Charity in Fethiye has just been published on another forum and raises some interesting points.


Dear Friends,



After a quiet period of time, I am now very happy to inform you about developments in Fethiye.



If you remember, one year ago we transferred the financial responsibility for running the Centre to the Fethiye Municipality. The Mayor was very happy to take this responsibility and was very grateful that we had run it for so many years through the help of our sponsors. He has taken this financial responsibility under the condition that I would still be responsible for managing the Cenrtre



Our vet, Emre Kangal and the rest of the personnel who were employed by us 10 years ago are still working in the Centre. Their salaries are now paid by the municipality.



Our successful work in Fethiye has proven that Neuter and Return will work to minimize the stray dog problem, if it is done correctly. We are at the stage now where we start to notice the problem caused by private dog owner’s irresponsible behavior.



Therefore I have approached the Mayor to sort out this problem to take action which is justified by the Animal Protection Law of Turkey.



Private dog owners are not informed about their responsibilities as pet owner, and some are also very ignorant. By law at no time are dogs allowed to roam around the streets. But they do, day and night! Because most of the private dogs are not neutered they copulate and give birth to unwanted puppies that end up either in our Centre or are left abandoned on the streets.



The Mayor has agreed that official announcements are made through TV, newspapers and street announcements several times a day that private dog owners have to keep their dogs under control and that we will collect every dog on the street that is found without its owner. We will take these dogs to our Centre where they will be neutered and returned back to the street with a tag in its ear.



We are aware of the great problem we will have with the owners but they are breaking the Law by letting their dog roam. We will have to face this problem and deal with each case as it arises.



There are 8 private veterinary clinics in Fethiye. They are not advising their clients to neuter their dogs as every new puppy is a potential client! This is why we are also expecting some problems with the veterinary clinics.





Kind Regards,



Perihan Agnelli
 

Fastlady

Member
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
How refreshing to hear that somebody is taking it upon themselves to sort out the dog problem. As a dog owner/lover myself I find it upsetting to see dogs roaming the streets, usually in packs, terrorising the well-behaved dogs like mine.

Good luck Perihan and keep up the good work!
 

Harem

I've cliqued
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
I agree with Perihan that the vets in Fethiye should take a more responsible attitude and should insist that privately owned puppies are neutered at the right time, i.e. at about 6 months of age.
 

zozatky

Member
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
Very interesting I dont think that law as reached the Kusadasi area yet. I thing the moto here is ( a pet is for summer only not for life ) I think our main problem here is the serious lack of information by the powers that be Our area is mainly full of summer homes & in the winter its taken over by stray animals the ones they have left behind & our Villa becomes a 24/7 cafe.
 
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
Does this mean that all of the charity money raised will now be given to the Belediye. From reading the forum that is over 1200 lira in the last two weeks.

Let's hope that the mayor carries out his ideas.

I am in Antalya for a few days and yesterday one the trams passed me.

One side of the tram was devoted entirely about abandoned dogs and the cruelty and consequences of such actions.The 'advert' was sponsored by the Municipality.

The most surprising and confusing thing is that the entire message is in English!

I would have thought that Turkish was the obvious language to use or, at a push ,German.
 

Fastlady

Member
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
how bizarre, Apollo, that they should direct that message at the Brits! I agree, Turkish should have been the obvious choice!
 
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
It probably reflects the fact that it is the ex-pats who are concerned about animals rather than the Turkish.
Given the way the majority view ownership of animals,it seems unlikely they would even consider cruelty issues or abandonment.
 

Bibby

Ferretbrain
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
Messages should be put 'out there' pointing out to the Turks that they should care for their animals. It should also explain what 'care' means.

In Turkish!

What does an English message say to a Turk? I believe it gives the Turks the impression the animals are the responsibility of the Brits.....
 
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booo

Member
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
A friend of mine was told by the vet that she should let her cat have a litter of kittens before she had her neutered as otherwise it would make her aggressive.- She went to another vet and has now had this done

My husband and I were also told by a vet that it would be bad for our dogs (Rottweiler) health if we had her spayed. We also went ahead with this and she is perfectly healthy and we dont have the worry of more puppies or the hassle of other dogs hanging around.
 

Sunny Seasider

Life is so precious
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
Thanks for posting this message KKOB, at least this is a positive start to mammoth task of alleviating the unwanted pups and kittens that the street animals, through no fault of their own are left with. Let's hope the action continues and spreads throughout all areas. Having only the time, at present to spend our holidays there, I feel helpless, just wish I could do something that would help to make even a small difference to this problem.
 

KKOB

Completely Chillaxed
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
The Animal Aid Charity in Fethiye have now set up a Paypal Account for any donations, when making a donation make sure you tick the donation box, this will allow free transactions.

Use the email address animalaidfethiye@hotmail.com
 

Fastlady

Member
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
I know this is a different issue, but I wonder if there is anything to be done when you know an animal is not being looked after? For example, my neighbour, a young Turkish woman, schoolteacher, has a boxer pup - about5 mths old. She keeps it on a metre long chain, all day and night. Hardly ever feeds it nor gives it water and never ever takes it out for a walk. Hence the poor thing barks and howls all the time. We are so frustrated about it we're moving house, but this doesn't solve the dog's problem. Any suggestions?
 

Harem

I've cliqued
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
I know this is a different issue, but I wonder if there is anything to be done when you know an animal is not being looked after? For example, my neighbour, a young Turkish woman, schoolteacher, has a boxer pup - about5 mths old. She keeps it on a metre long chain, all day and night. Hardly ever feeds it nor gives it water and never ever takes it out for a walk. Hence the poor thing barks and howls all the time. We are so frustrated about it we're moving house, but this doesn't solve the dog's problem. Any suggestions?

Feed the poor creature - don't move away from it. At least give it a chance.
 

KKOB

Completely Chillaxed
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
A) Report it to the Zabita Polis. It's their responsibility to deal with matters like this.

and / or

B) Contact your local Animal Sanctuary / Charity.

or

C) Try calling the Alo 179 service. They'll probably have a go at resolving it.
 

Romadog2

Member
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
I know this is a different issue, but I wonder if there is anything to be done when you know an animal is not being looked after? For example, my neighbour, a young Turkish woman, schoolteacher, has a boxer pup - about5 mths old. She keeps it on a metre long chain, all day and night. Hardly ever feeds it nor gives it water and never ever takes it out for a walk. Hence the poor thing barks and howls all the time. We are so frustrated about it we're moving house, but this doesn't solve the dog's problem. Any suggestions?

How can someone say they are concerned and not try to help the poor animal. Very often these people don't even know how to take care of a pet. You might suggest to walk it and ask nicely if you could help her. İ always thought that's what good neighbors do!
 

REDDERS

senior member
Statement From Fethiye Animal Aid Charity
You might suggest to walk it and ask nicely if you could help her. İ always thought that's what good neighbors do!

Some friends of ours did that with their next door neighbours dog,as they virtually ignored it,leaving it chained up barking 24/7.When they went for walks they took him with them,then the neighbours kept going away for days,so our friends fed the poor dog as well as walking him.Now the neighbours have just up & moved away & ''kindly donated'' the dog to our friends half an hour before the van came.This is how it can end up 'helping' a neighbour.How pig ignorant some Turkish pet owners are,now fed up with the dog so pass it onto someone else.
 

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