News just received from Kyrenia Animal Rescue of further help they are receiving and information leaflets they have for distribution.
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By Richard Beale …..
Another appeal and yes it’s easy to disregard this post but please spare a few minutes looking at it. Esentepe Football Stadium seems to have become a dumping home for unwanted puppies and dogs. We have another one at the Stadium, No 4, we have been very lucky to find homes for the previous three dogs.
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 Chris Elliott……..
The first time I came to Northern Cyprus was for a holiday in 2002. We stayed at a holiday complex and I was so surprised to see lots of cats around the holiday bungalows and soon found out that holidaymakers were feeding them with food bought from the little market on the site, so was it any surprise there were so many waiting to greet you wherever you went.
A few days later sitting in the shade near the pool, suddenly a group of dogs ran through the complex and I will never forget that one of them seemed to have a large tumor on its body. A few days later reading a local newspaper, there was an article about the large numbers of roaming animals and there were suggestions that an animal cull was needed.
Many years later after I moved here and our family and friends came to visit, one of the delights we had was to take them to the KAR Animal Rescue Centre in the Five Finger Mountains and take two friendly dogs each for a walk. Time then moves on and when I started to write and publish articles, one of my favourite subjects was of course, Kyrenia Animal Rescue and perhaps this is because my companion is a cross Alsatian/Doberman bitch called Rusty who was one of the offspring of two dogs I had seen roaming around locally some 9 years ago.
So what happened about all of those animals that were roaming around all those years ago?
Margaret Ray – Chairperson
Kyrenia Animal Rescue
I would like to tell you the story of the beginning of KAR.
Some friends and I got together to form a group to help some dogs we had seen on the streets that were desperately in need of help. With the help of Mr Nidai Güngördü (now our Mayor) who at that time was in charge at Girne Belediye, a piece of land was found between the cemetery and GAU School in Karaoğlanoğlu that we could use. This was prior to the first registration of KAR as a club in 1997. This land we surrounded with fencing and put together temporary shelters to give home to around fifty dogs.
In those days there were very few Veterinary clinics, but help came in the name of Mehmet, who then worked at the Girne Government Veterinary Department, and Dr Mehmet Isfendiyaroğlu, who is now in charge at the Lefkosa Veterinary Department, donated his free time and we began weekly neutering operations. This was in a neighbour’s garage on a kitchen table and using an outside tap for water. Animals were transported in members’ private vehicles and I can remember transporting at least six dogs at a time on the back seat of my old small VW Beetle car. A dog that we had taken in very pregnant produced fourteen puppies but every time there was a funeral at the cemetery the dogs would take up a very loud barking and howling so we decided that we were not in the right area and it was time to move.
Once again Mr Nidai came to the rescue and found us a wonderful piece of land at Beşparmak leased by the Forestry Department. High in the mountains and away from residential areas where the dogs can howl and bark without disturbing anyone. With the small amount of money that we had collected and the support of our members and friends we rebuilt the small derelict house, built a kennel block of sixteen kennels, put in electricity and water tanks. At the beginning of May 2000 a sponsored walk was arranged to walk twenty three dogs from Karaoĝlanoĝlu up the mountain to their new home. They walked in relay with lots of vehicles giving them a break and plenty of water to drink. Now registered as a Society with an application made to become a charity and having obtained our first van thanks to the RSPCA in the UK we moved from strength to strength.
2001 we branched out to care for cats and the money was raised to build a Cattery.
At the end of 2003 the centre was home to 201 dogs and 44 cats. April 2004 saw KAR become a registered charity. It was also the year that we began our Neuter and Return programme at the end of which saw hundreds of dogs, neutered, given a numbered tag in their ear, health checked and returned to where they were collected.
Expansion continued over the years. Thousands of cats and dogs were neutered, found new homes and cared for at our Centre. Many children and students were taught to understand how to care for animals and to be safe around them by our Education team. A Pet Travel department was developed as a professional import / export service to move animals all over the world. We were very pleased to announce in 2015 that we had been accepted as a member of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) and put TRNC on the map for pet movement.
Here we are now in our 20th year!!!. We have many people to thank over the years. In particular our mayor Mr Nidai who was our help from the start and without his help, we would not have the wonderful Rescue Centre as it is today. Also Dr Mehmet who was our mentor and help with the Veterinary health care of the animals and of course our lawyer Peyman Erginel who spent many hours on our application for Charity status as well as helping us with other legal matters. Following on were many Vets, wonderful volunteers and staff, sponsors, friends and supporters not only in the TRNC but from many parts of the world.
Today 20 years on, we have the largest purpose built Dog and Cat Rescue Centre in the TRNC of which we are all very proud.
To mark these 20 years we are holding a celebration Open Day on 16th May at our Rescue Centre where visitors can see our great achievement and meet some of the many dogs and cats in our care.
We would like also to announce other forthcoming events which will be part of our celebrations the first of which is our annual Dog Show and Spring Fayre to be held on 30th April at the Girne Wednesday Market area. Once again this will be ten fun classes but in addition we will have a special 20th year celebration class. We hope to have many stalls promoting pet products and a range of other KAR stalls selling goods to help raise funds to help the animals.
Following on from our Open Day we plan to hold a Dog Walk with picnic close to the centre so that those people without their own dogs can take a dog from those in our care who will be so excited about joining in a walk!!
In addition we have coffee mornings, lunches etc planned, the dates of which will be announced closer to the time.
Thank you for allowing us to share our exciting news with you. After 20 years we have not stopped and we are determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society and to continue helping the animals for years to come – so watch this space!!!!
Looking back at my first holiday in Northern Cyprus I have so many memories but it is amazing how the plight of the street animals touched me and has remained with me throughout the years and I am looking forward to going to the KAR Dog Show on Sunday the 30th April to help them Celebrate 20 Years of fantastic work caring for the street animals.
By Kim Betts…….
Kyrenia Animal Rescue……..
Over the last few weeks, as many of you know, we have been liaising with potential Office Angels who want to know more about the role. It has been a concern for them about how we cope with the neglect or cruelty cases that we have to deal with. We have been really happy when we tell them that “We do not have as many nowadays as we used to – however,” we explain, “that still doesn’t stop the shock and upset that we feel when they do come in”….and Friday 17th February was no exception !
We were nearly finishing our lunch (interrupted by numerous phone calls as usual) when a couple (Judy and Vincent) came into the office with such a sorrowful dog who was shivering with fear and also cold. What a terrible condition she was in …..Her fur had come off in clumps and her skin was bleeding and was so infected that the smell was overpowering.
Judy and Vincent had found her on the road leading down to Shayna beach Catalkoy. They couldn’t just ignore her – as probably so many others must have done (after all she had not got into this condition overnight!) – And they had carefully put her into their car and took her to the nearest vet. Altay tested her for Leish and thankfully she was negative and after careful examination he gave her injection to reduce the itching and soreness. She has mange – mange is a non contagious skin condition – and Shayna (today’s office angels have named her) had a very bad case. She has also had an allergy/reaction to fleas. She is malnourished and is very very weak.
It was such a shame for Shayna – she shivered as she was carefully processed in the office and shrank back into the safety of Judy’s legs. Yet despite everything a couple of times her startling blue eyes looked up with a little bit of a spark. She has unusual colouring – probably best described as a cream with brindle and her coat should be absolutely beautiful, thick and shiny. Instead it is sparse, missing and what is left is coarse – but there is beauty underneath that needs to recover and show itself again.
She was wearing a blue collar but, as with so many here, she is not micro chipped. We think she is just under 1 year old …….she will be taken to the KAR Rescue Center to continue with her treatment and hopeful recovery. Judy and Vincent have very kindly offered to contribute towards her treatment but they know, as we all do, that she is not out of the woods yet ….she has a long long way to go. It is such a shame for Shayna but more importantly SHAME on you who let her get like this.
We are all hoping, against the odds maybe, that Shayna will eventually shine – her coat will shine – her eyes will shine …she will be a shining example of what love, kindness and care can do.
Message from Hope 4 Pets……..
Cyprusscene had the pleasure to have been involved with, and supporting and helping those folk who started to form an action group “Hope 4 Pets” and we have received and would like to share the following news from them with our readers.
Here is a brief update of our October achievements for our members to see. We have helped to spay and neuter 21 Cats and Dogs. We have supported other organisations with veterinary care and disease prevention to a value of over 1400TL
We have supported animals in the community with food and many veterinary bills saving many lives. We have supported people in the community supporting animals. We have supported travel preparation for many dogs and maintained countless dogs in kennels waiting to travel and some still needing homes with all veterinary care and socialisation needs fulfilled.
Through our Facebook group click here many animals have found loving homes and many lost have been re united with their owners. Last but not least in the month of October 2016 we achieved Charity Status in England and Wales. For more information do also visit our website click here.
Thank you to each and every one of our members who have supported in any way they could making all the above possible. We could not do what we do without you all 😘
Stephanie Harrison Croft
Hope 4 Pets
By Tracy Sedgwick…….
Kyrenia Animal Rescue – KAR…….
As an organization totally dependent on donations and contributions from KAR supporters, it is animal sponsorship that maintains a much needed regular monthly income for KAR.
Jim Gillett and Tina Harwood are regular visitors to Northern Cyprus. This year they came on holiday with their three foster children, Liam (17), Mathew (14) and Kieran (13). Unfortunately Jim is very allergic to dog hair and so the family cannot have a family pooch.
Jim and Tina understand the importance of ‘pet education’ for children and felt that their boys should be given every opportunity to interact with animals and understand pet care.
During their holiday the Gillett’s have made several visits to our animal rescue centre near Arapkoy. Their first impression of our centre was how caring and committed our staff are, especially Elaine our centre supervisor. Jim couldn’t believe how hard the staff worked in the current searing heat. When the family arrived for the first time at the centre one of our dogs had been bitten by a snake and Elaine was treating him, Jim said “the care Elaine and the staff were giving him was amazing, their compassion is commendable”. The Gillett’s were also impressed how clean, well equipped and organised the centre was.
One of the first dogs the family took for a walk was ‘Hunter’ a lively lovable Doberman type. Kieran immediately struck up a relationship with Hunter and now they are firm friends.
Besides Hunter, our leggy attention seeking ‘Gloria’ was also walked by the family. Tina loved her and her need for one to one attention which Tina was only too happy to give.
‘Mango’ a boxer type dog was also walked by the family. Mango with his loving nature became another firm favourite of the family. Sisters, ‘Megan’ and ‘Maddison’ were also taken for a walk with the family, however, Megan wasn’t that enthusiastic in the beginning so Elaine then Kieran carried her until she was comfortable walking with the other dogs. Tina said “Megan was fine once she passed the other dogs”.
Tina mentioned that Mathew didn’t like being out of his comfort zone, however, ‘Grandma’ our experienced dog helped him overcome his anxieties, Tina said “It was amazing how Matt came out of his comfort zone, he really enjoyed the walk”.
Seeing our centre first hand and witnessing the hard work our staff perform every day to make sure all our animals are fed and well cared for, made a lasting impression on the Gillett family. It was decided to sponsor the dogs they had walked and to give their lasting support to KAR. The family sponsored five dogs in total. This is an amazing contribution to our centre and KAR are very grateful for their generosity.
The family will be returning to the UK soon and would like to raise further funds for KAR. Tina told me that one goal in her life is to climb Kilimanjaro and she would like to use it as an opportunity to raise funds for KAR.
If anyone would like to visit our centre, it is open 9am – 1 pm / Monday – Saturday. Or if you want to sponsor one of our cats or dogs please have a look at our website click here or contact me (Tracy) at our KAR office – Tel 0090 533 8694098 or email email@example.com.
By Kim Betts…….
Kyrenia Animal Rescue……..
Congratulations to everyone. The Kennel Block Refurbishment Project has been a great success and thanks to you all it is completed and is now being used to its full capacity.
The project was launched at the end of June 2015 and the building work began in September. Unfortunately we were unable to give the builder an empty building to start as we didn’t have enough room to move the dogs into another area and so it was a case of juggling them around which sometimes held up the work. Also the builders hit many snags as the old building had many more problems than first imagined. Anyway all the problems were eventually overcome and as the builders progressed so we added to their list of jobs. They fitted a sink and donated kitchen units in the end of the block, another kennel was procured from space at the front of the kennel block and a small storeroom built at the rear.
Thanks to you all this was all paid for by the sponsorship monies raised. Each of those who have donated will be remembered by ‘a plaque’ which is displayed on the fronts of the kennels.
We would like to invite you all to visit the centre (open daily 9am – 1pm) and see our wonderful newly refurbished Kennel Block and the happy smiley faces of the dogs in their smart new temporary home.