Our aim – rehoming rescue dogs from Turkey

Animal Friends of Turkey was set up in May 2018 with the specific aim of rescuing dogs and cats with little or no future in Turkey

Turkey is a wonderful country in so many ways, and some animals do find loving homes within families across the nation.

However, there is still an all too prevalent attitude amongst some that results in too many dogs and cats suffering.

Some meet with unspeakable cruelty and abuse, many are born on the streets while many more are merely cast out to fend for themselves.  These animals rely on local charities, good samaritans and the restaurants to survive.

However, while all this work is crucial, it is unfortunately nowhere near enough.

Animal Friends of Turkey was formed by Carol Holbrook, a frequent visitor to Turkey and a long-time activist in animal welfare.

Carol has experience of animal rescue having being involved for a number of years in the role of Trustee Treasurer with a registered charity in the UK dedicated to rescuing and rehoming Boxer dogs.

Alongside her work in successfuly rehoming many boxer dogs, she also has invaluable experience of successfully taking a charity through to achieve UK Registered Charity status.

To create Animal Friends of Turkey Carol pulled together a team of likeminded people with strong links with Turkey and with specific animal rescue experience.

They came together with the specific objective of helping the abused and abandoned street dogs and cats of one particular region of Turkey – the Fethiye and Mugla region -and Animal Friends of Turkey was born.

Many of our supporters had previous links with the very successful Animal Aid Fethiye charity that did so much profound work to help the animals of this region over many many years.

Two of its founders Pauline and Andy Trent have been a great inspiration for Carol personally and those of the AFOT team that knew them.

Animal Aid ceased to exist as an entity in 2018 and it was not long after that Animal Friends of Turkey was set up with a simple and focused aim.

And it is simply this – to find a way of offering loving and caring family homes in the UK to the abused and abandoned street animals of this Turkish region.

As you will see when you read the profiles of the animals we are seeking to rehome that some have merely been abandoned, while others have suffered levels of cruelty that at times beggars belief.

However, all these animals have one thing in common – they all respond positively to exposure to love, care, patience and understanding.

You will get a flavour of some of our work here on this site, and you will also be able to see a selection of the dogs and cats we are seeking to help.

The charity is still in its infancy but already we have been able to attract a large band of people prepared to help us in a variety of ways.

Some help by offering to donate a small regular monthly sum to AFOT to help us raise the vital funds needed to bring these animals back to the UK for rehoming.

It costs a great deal more than the £590 adoption donation to bring just one animal back. The commercial transport cost of one place for dog on a van is now around £1,000 alone. It is more if travelling to Scotland, thus the reason for the request for £690 donation for there.

Others help in vital practical ways.  We have wonderful people in both Turkey and the UK.

In Turkey we have kindhearted souls who foster our animals while we go through the process of homing them in the UK.  These people are true angels with enormous hearts.

In the UK we have people that offer to foster for us if we haven’t found a home before their travel date.

And then there are the volunteers who help with a whole variety of other things including fund raising as well as helping with the important vetting job of the pre-adoption home visit check.

Our work has just begun but we have made a good start.  We are in the process of working towards becoming a formal Registered Charity in the UK and we are also constantly looking at other means of increasing our fund raising.

There is a big job for us to do but we are determined to do it.