I am raising funds for a Turkish street dog called Betty.
I would love to bring her home to the UK to give her the forever home she desperately deserves.
There are several million stray animals on the streets of Turkey.
In addition to those dogs who are born on the streets, every day, more dogs are abandoned around the country’s cities.
Once on the streets, these dogs face a daily struggle to find food, water and shelter in the relentless summers and harsh winters during which temperatures rise to 40 degrees Celsius and drop to below minus 10 degrees Celsius.
On top of the daily struggle to survive, dogs on the street in Turkey are vulnerable to attack, particularly in village communities, by locals who view them as pests and filthy creatures. It is not uncommon to hear of dogs being beaten, poisoned, shot and stabbed by villagers who wish them dead and out of their communities.
Still, this is not the end of the worries of the Turkish street dog. They also are vulnerable to dogcatchers from municipal shelters. Locals in communities where dogs are not welcome in Turkey (generally all communities in the more remote regions or the regions with less influence from tourism) often call the local authorities to ask for the street dogs to be removed from their area. These people do not always think that this is a bad thing for the dogs – there are some who are not educated on the operation of the country’s municipal shelters and the mindset of those people that work in them. They do not know that they would be more aptly labelled “death camps” and that the dogcatchers are no friends to animals.
Betty has been desperately waiting for two years now for her forever home.
Betty was found during Covid-19 pandemic after she was discovered by volunteers from a local charity - ARK, along with her mum and siblings.
Betty's mum was rescued and brought to the UK, leaving her struggling on the streets alone without her mum. Betty is the last remaining dog from the litter without a forever home.
Her only option of safe future is to be brought to the UK to share her life with my other Turkish street dog Bonnie, who we actually believe is related to Betty and is her sister from a previous litter.
We have raised half the money to cover her vet fees and kenneling costs and really need some help to raise her transport costs now.
Please share; any donations would be so appreciated. Thank you :)