Sponsor A Dog

Please help desperate Turkish dogs reach a safe and loving home! All of these dogs have been rescued from the street or shelter and need your help to get better, or get to their forever home! Please mention who you want to sponsor with your donation.

Currently looking for sponsors: white pup
Goal: 60 euros
My newest rescue: she was abandoned at the shelter because she has parvo and her owner didn't want to pay for her treatment. Abandoned in a scary place, ill and underfed, she desperately needed someone to save her. Now she is in the vet clinic undergoing treatment. Hopefully I found her on time and she will pull through!

Currently looking for sponsors: Izzy
Goal: 100 euros
Izzy was found tied up in a backyard, left out in freezing temperatures, with no shelter from the rain. She hadn't been fed in over a week. When I found her she was dying from hypothermia and starvation. Against all odds, she managed to pull through after a full day of IV treatment. Now she is a happy pup!

Currently looking for sponsors: Jasper
Goal: 50 euros
Jasper was found in the middle of a busy street, looking confused. When I stopped to try to coax him off the road he started crying loudly and desperately tried to get into my car. He had either been hit by a car or attacked by a larger dog, leaving him blind in one eye, with one ear torn off and a broken leg. He is currently receiving treatment for his eye, and if all goes well he should be able to use it again in the future!

Currently looking for sponsors: Mia
Mia's goal: 300 euros

Mia was found frightened, all alone in a small metal cage at only eight weeks old. She was desperately crying out for someone to save her from that cage. Vitamin D deficiency from being stuck inside had caused her front paws to grow crooked. Luckily, Mia was found by animal-loving Turkan who took her home and posted her photo on her Instagram page. A lady in Germany saw the post an instantly fell in love with this beady-eyed beauty and offered to adopt her! Mia has now started the long process towards being able to go to the EU, but it is incredibly expensive and we need your help to get her there!
Mia's goal: 300 euros

This page connects animal lovers with individual dogs needing help in Turkey.  Bringing a dog from Turkey to the EU is expensive, usually around 500 euros. Just think how many more pups could find a loving home in Europe if we all helped chip in to get them there! This page allows you help save dogs from a dangerous life as a stray by contributing towards dogs' journeys to their new owners! Find out why this is so crucial below.

Why do Turkish street dogs need help?
Turkey has a complicated relationship with dogs. There are millions of dogs living on the streets. Many people believe all street dogs are a health threat and try to poison or kill the dogs in their neighbourhood. Some conservative people believe that God's angels will not enter any house that has a dog. Relatively wealthy people buy pedigree dogs as a status symbol but view them as a disposable object, that can be dumped on the street when you don't feel like taking care of it.  Turkish shelters have no hygiene standards and viruses and diseases are rampant, especially amongst puppies. In one shelter, up to 90% of puppies brought in die within weeks . On the other hand, there are lots of animal lovers in Turkey and hundreds of volunteers across the country put in time, effort and their own money to save starving, injured or ill dogs from the streets and shelters.  

Why do the dogs have to come to the EU?
Having a dog as a pet is a very new concept in Turkey and one that is very rare (except for guard dogs). Although many Turkish people love dogs and regularly feed dogs in their area, very few would consider bringing one into their home. Every day animal-loving volunteers desperately try to find homes for the dogs they have saved, but most of the time no-one steps up and they are forced to release the dogs back onto the dangerous streets where they were originally injured, or became ill. At the same time, there is very little awareness of how to look after a dog. Many dog owners are not aware that dogs can get bored and need toys or regular exercise, or view naughty, untrained, puppy behaviour as an sign of the dog having a bad character. This is why finding Turkish dogs homes in countries where having a dog as a pet is a more well-accepted concept and where there is no stray dog population is the perfect solution to match animal-lovers wanting to help with strays who have lots of love to give but nowhere to go!

All donations will go directly towards paying for veterinary bills or helping dogs reach the EU.

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    • €60 
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    • €40 
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Lisanne Hillen 
Bussum, NL
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