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Cat Shelter Campaign

TURUNC
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 Hulya 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 Içmeler.

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 catching un-neutered males for sterilization. This was all I could do at that time.
Whilst in Turunç I spoke with a Mr Ali Fidan 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.

A year later Ali Fidan had become the mayor of Turunc and I went to see him. I decided that to wait for holiday vets to come once a year would not be a solution. We had to do something ourselves. I had the idea that the vet of Marmaris municipality could come once a month to Turunc. When I spoke to the mayor of this plan he was happy to agree. We would have tip boxes in the village to raise money for the medicines, posters advertising the campaign. Ali Fidan then contacted the mayor of Marmaris Ali Acar asking for his vet. It was agreed. A week later we had our first neutering day. The vet of Marmaris and myself headed off for Turunc with the help of Belediye workers in Turunc we sterilized 22 cats.

During the next couple of months we sterilized another 50 cats. At this time a Scottish lady called Fiona settled in Turunc with her husband and successfully took over leaving me free to return to Marmaris and its problems.

TURUNC is now totally in control of its cat numbers.

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