Volunteer expats help rehome Turkish street dogs

Published:  27 Jul at 6 PM
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Alanya’s Animal Care House and dog shelter and its volunteer expat helpers offer rehabilitation, medical attention and rehoming overseas as well as locally to the city’s stray dog population.

Many favourite expat destinations have a stray dog problem, with Turkey’s Antalya city no exception to the distressing norm. It’s something that a good number of expats find hard to accept, especially if they’re dog lovers themselves. Thanks to expat volunteers and locals, Antalya’s street dogs are luckier than most.

Set on Anatolia’s popular southwestern coastline and backed by the Taurus Mountains, the city is home to a good number of expats, some of whom are volunteering to help the rescue dog shelter in Alanya district. The shelter is linked to Europe’s Animal Love Foundation, and finds caring, dog-friendly homes for the city’s street dogs with families living all over Europe as well as to local people.

Lucky dogs from the facility are now living with their new families in the Ukraine, Switzerland, the USA, Germany, Austria, Ireland, and Finland after their four-month long legal adoption programme was completed. Either the foundation’s volunteers take the dogs by plane to their new country, or the new overseas owners come to Antalya to collect them.

The shelter’s website plays a crucial part in matching dogs with their potential owners and, since its opening in 2004, it’s rehomed a total of 1,392 dogs. Adoptions from overseas account for 711 of the total and are increasing every year. Since the beginning of 2016, 11 dogs have started their new lives overseas.

German dog-lover and volunteer Petra Will came recently to accompany a rescued dog to its new family in Germany. Her own dog was adopted from the shelter and she’s now a member of Animal Love and offers help whenever it’s necessary. She’s very happy the project is so successful in finding, taking care of and rehoming the city’s street dogs, saying it’s great to know the dogs in the shelter don’t have to survive on the streets any longer.
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