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OLD FRIENDS FROM HOLLAND
Of course you have met Anke Baks and Margo Vos, Turkish Van cat breeders from Holland. Anke and her husband, you will have seen the photos of them erecting climbing post at the old shelter, (yes, I know they fell down again, but thats not the point!!!)
Then Margo and Anke came together loaded down with tons of food and cat toys and lots of love.
Though they were unable to come for a while, they still supported us and kept in touch.

NOW THEY ARE BACK AGAIN

Margo, promising for many years that she would bring her vet with her, finally did in November 2002. Piet wanted to spend a week at the shelter operating and treating the cats. But as Karin Pötter and her veterinary team had just been the previous month - there was nothing much for them to do.
We couldn't let Piet and Margo have a real holiday so I spoke with Behçet our local vet and friend (he totally supports our street action).

Behçet had a new assistant, Sukru fresh from vetinary school and no practical experience and Piet at one time a vetinary teacher - perfect!!!

Luckily November isn't a busy period so Sukru and Piet set up an operation room in the back of Behçet's clinic and for a week we caught street cats for sterilization and Sukru got his practical experience from an expert!!! (super insurance for the future). Sukru is a natural and will be an excellent surgeon, said Piet. Margo and Piet would like to thank the Mares Hotel for their week's free accommodation and we would like to thank Margo and Piet for their 'legacy', Sukru will be a fantastic addition to the future of our work on the street and at the shelter.

Just after New Year Margo and Anke were at last together here. They had so much for the shelter (it's a wonder that the plane left Amsterdam airport) food for the kittens, toys, Christmas cakes, cheese and bacon (for me of course!) electric cat blanket, infra red lamps, medicines, so so much and arrived with many ideas of how they could help in the future.
Anke planned an article for a cat magazine and announcements and advertising at cat shows.

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That brought a little response, not as much as they would have liked but they persisted and persisted.
Margo opened a bank account in Holland with a card for me to save time and higher bank charges.
After the magazine came out people started to show interest in adopting a cat. Margo's Mum and new Dad started our adoption program by adopting Biber our bottled raised white and brown tiger. She was just 2 or 3 days old when we found her in a carton box outside a bank. She's now one year old and still has her bottle from time to time.

With Margo and Anke (not forgetting Piet and her two gorgeous children who have also visited us) help from Holland is slowly growing and only because of their love and persistance.
I thank these girls, their families and their friends with all my heart.

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At last in Summer 2003 Anke brought her gorgeous husband Gert (Smurf) to Turkey, it was great to see him back again it wasn't a holiday though. Anke spotted two pregnant cats in the hotel garden. She immediately caught them and took them for sterlization at Behçet's clinic, then spent the rest of her holiday with their after care - Atta Girl!!!!

ANGELS FROM HEAVEN
As I told you in Millennium update that we had new friends Anke and Margot from Holland and Irene from Finland. True to their word they came Summer 2000 Anke and her husband Gert came for a short holiday but still found time to help with some wooden climbing frames. And Irene came for 3 months as a volunteer and what a wonderful serene calming influence she brought with her. She is due again in a few weeks, so I am going to ask her to write her own story for us. On the photo Irene with a couple of the dogs, that she loved to walk in the evenings also another with her pal "Batman" who is slowly becoming our most famous cat here after Hayat, as he immediately throws himself at anyone who enters the shelter, dinging and suckling.

MANY THANKS TO...
MARES HOTEL, ICMELER, TURKEY
AQUA HOTEL, ICMELER, TURKEY
DUSTY AND WEEMS FROM TEXAS, USA
HELEN FROM ENGLAND
KARIN POTTER AND SPONSORS FROM SELM AND HANN IN GERMANY
HELGA AND REINER FROM GERMANY
DR. WENKE IN GERMANY
ANKE AND GERT IN FINLAND

With their donations last year, we gained a dog enclosure, new roofs and shelvings, more trees and greenery. A complete new higher power water system, an electric drill, a lawn mower and lots and lots of Morale.
Donations from America and Germany helped to pay for a new clean water system.

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