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From Kim Betts…
KAR have just been informed of increases in vet costs for both KAR and members of the public. These increases were not notified in advance – only once 13 cats had been collected, by the KAR cat catchers, and were taken to the vet for neutering! KAR were told then that they would be charged at the new price!
By Serpil Kadilar………
Following the incredibly fun, interactive and animated initial training session by the KAR Educational Team on the 3rd of October, continuing on Wednesday the 4th of October which presented a perfectly warm and sunny morning for KAR (Kyrenia Animal Rescue) to embark on one of many educational and awareness visits – this time, at Doga School in Ozankoy, Girne. The short yet simple and effective seminar began during the morning assembly held in the school playground – attended by all of the children from this delightful school.
By Chris Elliott……..
Hope 4 Pets is a registered animal rescue charity in England and Wales in the UK and also here in the TRNC and they will be holding a celebration party at The Courtyard Inn, Karakum on Friday 15th September 6:30pm with entertainment by Brian Delaney and Mr ‘James’ Smile.
Introduction by Margaret Sheard ……
I remember way back in the 1950s a work colleague of mine had a cat which she named Elvis. Her mother refused to go out to call the cat with this name. I was therefore very amused to receive a reader’s letter from Bob Scott, which he thought the KAR staff in North Cyprus would enjoy.
Girne Municipality signed a protocol with the Association of Veterinary Doctors in order to sterilize stray dogs that are not owned.
According to the information given by the Municipality of Girne, Girne Municipality Mayor Nidai Güngördü and Veterinary Physicians Association President Umut Sayılı signed the signing ceremony held at Girne Municipality.
Under the protocol, 100 street dogs will be sterilized.
100 dogs were neutered within the scope of the protocol signed between Girne Municipality and Veterinary Medical Association last year.
Girne Mayor Nidai Güngördü pointed out that there is sensitivity to street animals in Girne in the related explanations and noted that they are sensitive to this issue as a municipality.
Nidai Güngördü stated that some problems were experienced due to the uncontrolled increase of the dog population and that studies on sterilization, temporary shelter, animal shelter and rehabilitation projects were carried out to solve the problems.
Güngördü stated that when the animal shelter and rehabilitation project is completed, 240 dogs and 60 cats will be taken to the shelter in the first stage and added that volunteers, non-governmental organizations and associations will cooperate with the shelter to be operated under the supervision of the health branch.
Umut Sayılı, the President of the Union of Veterinary Physicians, stated that although the dogs were not owned, they were left to fend for themselves.
Umut Sayılı stated that dogs living on the streets did not live in a healthy way and said that these dogs face some threats.
Defending the dog population to be neutered and under control for the reduction of the number of street dogs, Sayılı said that the signed protocol should be an example to other municipalities.
Introduction by Margaret Sheard …..
Although we tend to leave our dog at home as she would get far too excited, we always try to visit the annual KAR Dog Show to see the many entries of dogs of all shapes and sizes and breeds, doing their utmost to show that they are the best in their various categories. They were all so well behaved as well.
This year was a very special one for KAR as it is their 20th Anniversary and during all of these years KAR have been rescuing and caring for possibly thousands of unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats in North Cyprus. I dread to think what the island would be like now had it not been for KAR and its volunteers.
The Wednesday market area where the dog show is held is now much improved and is a really nice venue for this type of event, with ample parking and plenty of additional space for stalls etc. near the large judging enclosure.
By Margaret Ray………
The dog show attracted a magnificent 184 entries (73 more than in 2016) and many went away with a beautiful rosette. All had a certificate and some great prizes. It was a very happy, lovely atmosphere with people and dogs enjoying the special event.
We would like to thank all of our fantastic sponsors: Alpet, Petline Veterinary Clinic, Credit West Bank, Comfy Pet Shop, Petstop, Selpa Trading and Girne Belediye. We also would like to thank those that donated towards the refreshments, TFR, Gul Pastanasi, Ali Tektan and friends.
We would also like to thank our judge Lesley Dent who had a very difficult job in selecting the winners, there were so many beautiful dogs that she wanted to give prizes to all of them. You can read a list of the awards by clicking here.
The money raised, which was 4,790 TL will be going towards purchasing medicines, veterinary and parasite treatments for the many dogs and cats currently in our care.
We would like to thank everyone that joined in our anniversary event, the wonderful people that helped on the day and all our wonderful supporters who made this event special.