Rescue Troy the Turkish street dog

On a recent holiday to Turkey, I saw many dogs, some were being looked after, some were street dogs and surviving well but on my last day, a sick street dog who was wondering about aimlessly approached me during my early morning walk. He was timid, underweight, coughing and scared. He was not going to survive much longer.

There was nothing I could do - or so I thought.

On my way to the airport that night I couldn't get the image of this poor sick dog out of my mind and took the first step to finding him the help he needed. I found the email address for Animal Aid and they responded instantly, giving me contact details for a local boarding kennel that assist with rescues. After a phone call the next day with Mike at Mad About Mutts, based in the Fethiye area of Turkey, Mike advised me that when a dog is ill and in need of help it will approach certain people to look for attention. After a discussion involving costs for rescuing this dog, we agreed to go ahead and Mike went out looking for him the next morning.

After over an hour long search, Troy (as I'd been calling him in my head) appeared and Mike leashed him and took him to the vet who began vaccines and antibiotics for a chest infection.

Troy is now in boarding kennels for the next 4 months until he is allowed to be transported to the UK and his new home with me. 

The cost will amount to £2000 and include:

Boarding fees
Medical treatment
Blood Tests & Pet passport certificate

The sad thing is that in Turkey certain breeds of dogs, especially Labrador Retrievers, were status symbols and after that novelty wore off many of those dogs were abandoned or worse. 

Troy is a black Labrador cross or a flat coated retriever, he is approximately 2 years old and has a beautiful nature. 

With your aid, I will bring Troy to his forever home in Scotland where he will begin a new life free of neglect and abuse.

Any additional funds raised will be donated to Mad About Mutts to assist other rescues. 

Thank you for reading Troy's story so far.

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Laura Smith 
Carluke, Scotland, United Kingdom