A HEARTFELT PLEA FOR OUR SURVIVAL
As a non-profit, volunteer run UK charity, over the last 18 months there have been times when it felt easier to just give up, but the truth is we just could not turn our backs on the dogs in Turkey we knew would die or suffer without our help.
Dogs give unconditional love and studies show they provide untold healing benefits, enhancing people’s lives. Some of our dogs have gone on to help people with mental health issues, chronic pain conditions, the elderly by providing comfort and have increased people’s health by encouraging more walking and socialisation. Covid-19 has made us realise just how important the love of a pet is and not only is AFOT rescuing the dogs, but they’re rescuing people too.
It was the dogs that kept us going and thank God for that. But now we’ve hit an even bigger issue. New Turkish transport laws mean we have to have our own transport company and van or close altogether.
RUZGAR - HEAVEN SENT
Ruzgar (meaning ‘Wind’ in Turkish) is the reason I personally became involved with AFOT when we adopted him in August 2020. He is just one of the hundreds of dogs rescued and rehomed in UK since AFOT began in May 2018. Kept on a chain, depressed, neglected, abused and malnourished, as his owner became ill he was at risk of being sent to a cruel breeding farm - no future for such a gentle soul.
He’s now enjoying an amazing life in rural South Yorkshire, safe from harm and loving his new found freedom and everyone he meets loves him. He’s brought so much joy into our lives after the loss of our previous beloved Boxer girl, Peaches. He’s definitely heaven sent and I want to repay his love and AFOT by helping to rescue more dogs from the horror of Ruzgar’s former life, giving someone the chance to experience the unconditional love we receive every single day.
SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS
The impact Covid had on fundraising hit us hard but it was the crippling effects of the pet transport ban targeted particularly at rescue charities like ours that threatened us the most.
The Turkish authorities have not reinstated the commercial pet transport routes that we have relied on in the past. Instead they came up with a new complex set of regulations that for some time seemed impossible to work with.We have wrestled with these rules and have finally found a way through but it is clear that it will only work with our own van and our own transport operation.
The pet transport industry in Turkey is finding its own way through these rules but the cost of this combined with the strong demand for transport places has driven the cost of places through the roof. Most are now charging close to £1,000 per dog. These prices are not sustainable for a small charity such as ours and why this move to secure our own van is so vital to the long-term future of everything we are doing to help transform the lives of so many abused and abandoned dogs.
THE BIG ASK
Without your help we cannot continue to rescue dogs like these, please help us by donating whatever you can and sharing our appeal. Every penny counts and it all adds up, so please donate whatever you can spare. Thank you.