THE GIANTS OF TOURISM
Summers 2002 & 2003
At last the 5 star hotels of Marmaris and
Icmeler have come to realise the need for
control / sterilization, rather than disposing
of the cats in the mountains or rubbish dumps.
Now one or two hotels are assisting us in our
efforts to round up the cats for neutering and
allowing them to be re-released in their
For me, the greatest of these giants is the
Mares hotel between Marmaris and Icmeler.
They have done much more than assist us every
year, like any other hotel, bar, restaurant they
have too many cats, they actually approached me
for information how to deal with this problem
like others they too used to get rid of the
cats!! But it never changed anything. Now
because they accepted our way, their cat problem
is completely under control. And for this they
1. Built a cat feeding area in the hotel grounds
2. Paid for the hotel cats to be vaccinated and
dewormed every year
3. Given us an apartment to use as surgery twice
a year when Karin Potter comes with her vets
4. Given us free accommodation and food for
voluntary vets from Europe (out of high season
5. Have two quarantine cages built each year for
6. Provide used pillows, blankets, sheets,
baskets, etc for the shelter when required
7. Given a monthly donation towards food of 100
Euro (we have of course taken new cats to the
For all this, all we have to do is control for
any new incoming cats for sterilization and
removed to the shelter.
For a five star hotel, it is warm and friendly
with great atmosphere and a good attitude
towards animals. I would like to thank the
General manager Mr. Unal bey (who really is an
animal lover) also the housekeeper Emine hanim
(who is actually afraid of cats, but not afraid
to support us. I would also like to thank the
personell of the Mares hotel, who have always
given me their time when I have been in the
hotel catching cats. Some of whick have actually
caught the cats themselves when I have failed.
Well done Mares!!
The Aqua Hotel in Icmeler have supported us in a
different way. They too provide food for "their"
sterilized garden cats, and for our help they
offered something much better than a single
They gave us permission to hold a fundraising
stall in their garden on the beach. It was
super, a busy promenade, lots of tourists, we
were able to average 150 Euros per day, twice a
week. We had a lovely cat from the hotel who
would sit at the donation box we named him K.C.
(Kermez Kedi - fundraising cat) in return for
his help we found him a home in Germany at the
end of the season.
So we thank the owner Dogan bey and general
manager Mr Herman very much for their support
I do hope we can find more hotels with such
Thank you again!!
Turunç is the next holiday village along the
coast from Içmeler and is becoming more popular
each year with Europeans.
I was contacted by Allison who lives and works
there with her husband in tourism. She told me
of the plight of the cat population there and
asked if I could help.
I was happy to help because being the closest
village to Içmeler, this meant that the locals
would round up and 'dumping' their unwanted cats
in Içmeler. Thanks to the persistent work of
Steffannie Goebels of the Aqua Hotel and Ulya
Atay a resident of Içmeler, the sterilisation
program is succeeding in Içmeler therefore it
would be logical to start a campaign in Turunç
and try and stop the 'dumping' of cats in
At the end of September before I became infirmed
with a slipped disk, Allison's husband picked me
up and I spent the day in Turunç operating
un-neutered males. This was all I could do at
Whilst in Turunç I spoke with a Mr Ali Fides who
hopes to be the next Mayor of Turunç. I told him
of my plans to find vets from Europe to come to
Turkey to help with sterlization of cats. He
immediately offered accommodation, great!!!
First step completed . . .
Now we have to band together some locals who are
willing to feed and control the cat colonies and
also catch the cats during the vets visits.
We don't believe in going in, operating on the
cats and them leaving them to fend for
themselves after their sterilization.
Unfortunately our work in Içmeler and Marmaris
is nevr ending therefore we need new people in
Turunç - anybody interested in helping please