Rescue dog Bear hoping for the happiness he deserves

Life got so hard for this great big lovable rescue dog that he gave up all hope and simply lay down ready to die.

And die this gorgeous Labrador cross would have done were it not for the intervention and kind hearts of animal volunteers.

Bear was a street dog in a town two hours north of Marmaris but despite his best efforts he was never really cut out for life on the streets.

He was first of all came to the attention of volunteers after he was found in a very poor condition and clearly malnourished.  They took him into the shelter and built him up before then letting him out again.

Shortly after that they found him again and this time he had been shot. They immediately took him back into the shelter and got him patched up.

Bear was taken into shelter three times before he was rescued by Animal Friends of Turkey

When he had fully recovered from that ordeal they let him out on to the streets again but unfortunately three-year-old Bear did not fare any better.

He struggled to find food and struggled to cope. The next time the volunteers found him he was lying in a ditch, extremely thin and it was clear he had lost the will to live.  He could take no more.

Rescue dog Bear was found lying in this ditch – he had given up all hope

He was immediately taken back into the shelter and it was then that his story came to the attention of an animal loving lady who lived in the UK and has seen his story.
She was so moved by his sad story that she wanted to help in some way and set about sponsoring his care in the hope that a home could be found, but despite their best efforts no home could be found for lovely Bear.

Desperate to continue to help him she contacted Animal Friends of Turkey and told us his story. His plight touched our hearts and we agreed to step in to help him.

The volunteer who had been helping Bear transported him with the help of a volunteer mid-way and the new foster carer out of the shelter and across to Fethiye into his new foster home.

He did brilliantly there and responded well to receiving tender loving care in his new temporary home.

Rescue dog Bear is thriving with his foster family and loves his walks

He was given his name Bear because he is a big boy but it has to be said that he is much more of a Teddy Bear than a Grisly – he is a big softie.

The lady continued to help Bear, fundraising for his costs and his transportation costs back to the UK.

He can be a bit timid (which comes across as unsociable) around other dogs but once he gets to know them he comes out of himself.  A careful plan on introductions with resident dog/s and the security of a loving home is all he needs to thrive.

Bear is loving life with his foster family and the other rescue dogs in their care

We are hoping that we are able to find someone in the UK who is prepared to offer this beautiful rescue dog a home and the love, care and attention he needs.

He will reward such care with a bottomless pit of affection as he is already showing now in his foster home.  He adored his foster family and it is quite clear that he just wants to belong.

He so deserves the happiness that now awaits.

Bear with AFOT chairman Carol Holbrook

So if you feel you could be that special someone to take Bear then please check out what’s involved in taking on one of our rescue dogs by clicking this link to read our Dog Adoption Policy guidelines

A home check is always made and while there is no adoption fee required, we do ask for a donation with all our dogs to help towards our costs.

If you want to register your interest in Bear or are simply interested in providing a loving home for one of our rescue dogs in general then please complete and submit our Dog Adoption Registration form. 

Rescue Labrador cross Bear loves his daily walks around his temporary home
Bear is growing into a fine young rescue dog in foster care