If I have to be punished, my stray dogs are punished. If I have to suffer, my stray dogs are exposed to suffering. I live in a small town in the north western of Turkey. Originally I am from Istanbul. I moved to this small town at the seaside to live with my dogs in a rural way of life in the nature. During walks with my dogs, I ran into a lot of stray dogs, which were hungry and some were wounded. A couple of the stray dogs began to follow us. Consequently, I adopted some of them too and put them into my shelter. So, the number of my dogs began to add up. Moreover, some people brought dogs they because they could or would not look after anymore.
I was happy as I rescued these dogs, who really needed help. Some people seemed to be disturbed by the dogs. One day I discovered that people had begun to take actions against the shelter. I was sadly suprised because I had been so careful not to disturb anybody.
After a while I found out that there was only one person, who really aimed to drive us away. I went to this person and asked how and why he got disturbed by our presence. He seemed to be annoyed without a cause. Not looking directly into my face, he said there are too many stray dogs. "The dogs are as many as the mosquitos" he added, "they need to dissapear". This resorted in some violent actions, such as opening the gates of the shelter while I was out. When that did not work, he filed a complaint against me.
A few days later, I received a letter from the municipality in which there was a notice of a heavy fine. The statement in this letter was shocking. It said I illegally built a construction in the agricultural field and I was punished to pay 5000 liras, which equals to 800,- Euro. This is too much for me. All the money I have goes to the shelter and at the moment I am in debt already. After the fine is paid. I am allowed to keep the shelter building on my land, so I can continue to look after the dogs.
I kindly ask you for a donation for the following:
1) to take away the heavy burden of the fine
2) to buy food and provide medical care for the dogs
3) to improve the shelter
Thank you very much for your help!