Animal Rescue Kuşadası, Kuşadası Hayvan Kurtama Derneği


Animal Rescue Kuşadası, ARK, is an association legally registered in Aydın as Kuşadası Hayvan Kurtarma Derneği, registration number 09.021.148. The registration document can be seen by any member of the public on request and will always be available for inspection at any ARK function.

The Association is governed by Turkish law and by the specific rules laid down in the tüzük (regulations) document issued on registration. A copy of the tüzük is available on request.

Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 and resident in Turkey by completion of the regulation application form and approval by officers of the Association. Membership of ARK related social media groups does not confer membership of the Association.

The Association is managed by a board or committee elected by the registered members in an open meeting. The committee meets at least once, usually twice, every month to review progress, plan for the future, to examine the accounts and to ensure that the Association’s business is run in accordance with the law and the tüzük.

The Association exists to provide care and veterinary treatment for sick and injured street animals in the administrative district of Kuşadası. Whenever possible, once an animal has been restored to health and neutered, attempts will be made to find it a permanent home, if this is unsuccessful the animal will be returned to where it was found. Young animals will be given a full course of vaccinations before release or adoption.

If necessary, during prolonged treatment or post operative care, the animal may be placed with temporary foster carers and ARK will pay essential care costs.

Responsibility for veterinary care ends when an animal is released or one month after adoption.
When funds allow, ARK will also pay for the neutering of street animals taken by members of the public to one of our nominated veterinary clinics and will also pay for any other treatment deemed necessary by the vet on examination of the animal. After neutering and other treatment the animal will be returned to where it was found.

ARK may, at the discretion of the committee, pay for the neutering of the mother and offspring of litters of street animals.

ARK does not operate a sanctuary, refuge or shelter and cannot guarantee immediate aid. Physical help is always subject to the availability of members and supporters. ARK cannot support domestic pets and cannot operate outside its designated area.

Members of the public can ask for help or offer animals for adoption on ARK’s social media pages but respondents must agree terms with the advertiser. ARK cannot take any responsibility for such private arrangements.

For this we need your help. Membership is open for all. Please join our Facebook group

ARK on Facebook



Current status of Animal Rescue Kusadasi (ARK)

The association will be run by a committee answerable to the members and will hold regular meetings and publish accounts of its finances and activities. We will be totally open, transparent and accountable, decisions will be made by consensus in a democratic manner. We hope to co-operate and collaborate with like minded organisations in the region and have joint activities.

ARK will maintain communications through this group, an association Facebook group, this web site and public meetings. We have submitted our proposed Articles of Association, in which we have listed our intended welfare and fundraising activities to the authorities. As soon as they have been recently approved we will publish them with an English translation.

Structure of our animal welfare charity

At the General Meeting on 26 May 2018 a board consisting of 10 main Board Members and 6 Officers has been elected by our members .
Membership is open to all; the officers must be approved by the members and must be resident in Turkey, the president and accountant must be Turkish citizens. Members who are not officers may be committee members.

How can you support Animal Rescue Kusadasi

You can help us by: joining the association, by making donations (money or goods), by feeding and helping street animals yourself, attending fundraising events, assisting with transport, foster care or manning the help line and spreading the word. Of course, before we can start the welfare work to a significant degree we need to raise funds.


Adopted Cats

Meet Big Boy . . . I don’t know how long he’d been at the shelter, but he certainly did all he could to get himself noticed this afternoon, would have swung on chandeliers had there been any . . . and this is his reward, neutered and now free to wander the pathways of our site . . . he even tried to sit on Alan’s lap just now, which considering his girth would’ve been a little too much for Alan’s poor knees to bear! He is clearly used to being handled . . . I wonder what his story is . . .

Adopted by Ann Kennedy

Note from Paula: Please also consider adopting an adult animal, it harder for them to find a home than the cute kittens and puppies

Adopted Dogs

This adorable little kangal pup appeared at Dee’s house demanding to be fed. Many of you will know Dee, though she’s not on FB. Dee was for many years the mainstay of Gossips campaign for the street animals. She would love to take care of this little chap but, unfortunately, her neighbours already object to the number of cats and dogs she feeds, she has no room in her tiny apartment and her now diminished mobility prevents her from giving such a dog the exercise it needs.

Adopted by Yeni Farm

The 1st edition (2019) of the ARK Calender to benefit the street animals has been printed!

The 1st edition (2019) of the ARK Calender to benefit the street animals has been printed!

They will be on sale at just 15tl each from Monday June 18th at Salt Box, Ladies Beach Hotel, Palm Beach Restaurant, Liman Hotel and Pandora Vets. We may have more outlets later.
The donations made by our sponsors have paid for the production costs, so every lira received for your copy will be used to help Kuşadası street animals in crisis.

A big thank you to John KearneyEndercan Sürmeli (Lidya Optik), MihraçTürköz (AKM Insurance), Tranche, Pan Dora Vet, Piemone Chocolate (Akdoğan Pasaj), Osman at Develioğlu Jewellery (Akdoğan Pasaj), Liman Hotel-mr Happy’s, Capital Spor, Dentistozdenatasoy Özden Atasoy, Serpil Atlı at Palm Beach, Sharon Muire Ergen at Hasan LadiesbeachhotelÇağdaş
Veteriner, Deniz & Teddy, & Hakan at Salt Box, for making the production of our ARK calendar possible.

We are currently working on our partner and sponsor page on this website

ARK Top Table Sale June 30

Please bring items you no longer need to Salt Box, for us to recycle . . . the proceeds will pay vet fees of needy street animals.

There will be a table top sale this Tuesday 30 June at Salt Box . . . we can squeeze a few more tables in if you’d like to book one – fee 10tl donation to Animal Rescue Kusadasi (ARK). Ring Ann 0507563841



When we first moved to Kuşadası 10 years ago, Alan & I agreed that we would have no house pets. In England we’d had a much-loved miniature long-haired dacshund and a cat, for whom we had found good homes, but we intended to explore our new country and pets would be too tying, we felt. Then a few weeks after our arrival, in walked Alan with a wooden seed tray, covered with a cloth. I assumed that my beloved had brought me a present and eagerly approached to look . . . the cloth moved! I lifted the cover to find a minute, flea-infested scrap of kitten with eyes barely open. I was not impressed!

Alan explained that Chris, the feisty Sheffield-born owner of Gossips cafe, had thrust the box at him and ordered him to bring the kitten home (on the dolmuş!). There was no messing with Chris – she used to go out on the pavement, spot expats approaching and order them into her cafe – she would not take ‘No’ for an answer! She was passionate about cats and turned the mezanine area above her cafe into a charity shop, selling second-hand clothes and other items, and she held quiz nights on a Saturday – all profits went towards neutering the cats of Kuşadası.

CharlieSo I dusted the kitt with flea powder (which I now realise is the wrong thing to do!) and having neither feeding bottles (they didn’t exist in Turkey in those days) nor kitten milk, fed her diluted cows milk through the finger of a rubber glove. Against all odds, Charley has survived to this day.
We used to frequent Gossips, to get to know the expat community, and Chris was always there, bustling around. We discovered that we shared the same birthdate, which we joked about. Chris sadly died a few years ago, and Gayle & Tuncay bought Gossips, which became No 8, specialising in delicious cakes, and kept upstairs open as a charity shop, carrying on Chris’s good work.

The charity ARK (Animal Rescue Kusadasi) had been approved at the beginning of April and on 25 April we held a member recruitment meeting in No 8 – when to our great surprise Gayle & Tuncay announced that they had just sold their business to Hakan, who specialised in providing delicious fish ‘n chips, and who has since then has renamed his restaurant ‘The Salt Box’. They also said that Hakan was keen to keep the upstairs charity shop going, but didn’t have the resources to run that as well as his business . . . so he would be happy if ARK volunteers would run the charity shop for him, with proceeds continuing to be used for cat neutering.

ARK Charity Shop

Our team of volunteer assistants is gradually increasing . . . and they worked miracles. When I first ventured upstairs my heart sank . . . piles of clothes and shoes were strewn all over the floor, following the previous table-top sale and customers rummaging through to find a bargain. However, within a week order began to be restored and now it looks amazing. Do please visit our charity shop in Salt Box Restaurant (formerly No 8 and before that Gossips . . . in Kuşadası town centre next to the 3.5tl shop) and support our work helping Kuşadası street animals, while treating yourself to the best fish ‘n chips in Kuşadası. Popular table-top sales are also held twice monthly – watch out for advertisements.

And at times when I’m upstairs at The Salt Box, sorting through donations, I am sure that I can hear a deep chuckle behind me . . . I turn around and there’s nobody there. But I know that it must be my ‘twin’ Chris, who has pulled a few strings to ensure that her animal charity legacy continues . . . she still won’t take ‘No’ for an answer . . .

Dog needs forever home-köpek eve ihtiyacı var

Found in a very bad condition. Female, sterilized.. She is very good with cats and dogs.. Looking for new home.
For contact: Leyla 0545 736 18 79

Kuşadası merkezde çok kötü durumda bulundu. Dişi, kısırlaştırıldı. Kedi ve köpeklerle çok iyi anlaşıyor .. Acil güvenli bir ev aranıyor. İletişim için; Leyla 0545 736 18 79

Male puppy has a forever home

Male Puppy needs new home or fostering
Male Puppy needs new home or fostering

Male puppy has a forever home!

This cute puppy was found.  The puppy is a male. It was found and taken home by a member that does not live here permanently and that is leaving soon..

A family living in the same sitisi has adopted this cute little fellow. That’s wonderful news!

Yavru Kedi Bakımı

Yeni doğan bir kedinin sütten kesilene kadar ki süreçte faydalı olabilecek bir takım bilgiler;

İlk hafta yaşanan temel endişeler; beslenme, bulundukları ortamın ısısı ve tuvaletlerini kendi başlarına yapabilmeleridir.


İlk seçenek olarak yetim bebeği kendi yavrusu gibi sahiplenecek bir anne kedi bulmaktır. Eğer anne kedi bulunamazsa bebekler biberon ile son çare olarak ise şırınga ile beslenmelidir.
İlk 2 hafta boyunca yavrular veterinerden veya iyi bir pet shoptan alınan yavru kedi sütü formülü ile her bir iki saatte bir beslenmeli. İnek sütü asla verilmemelidir. Çünkü inek sütünün sindirimi bebekler için oldukça zordur. Eğer kedi sütü formülünü bulanamıyorsa 1-1 oranında keçi sütünü kaynamış ve soğutulmuş içme suyu ile incelterek verilmelidir. Verilen süt el sıcaklığında olmalıdır.

Yavru kedinin büyümesi 3. Ve 4. haftaya ulaştığında sığ bir tabakta kedi sütü formülü verilirken ikinci bir tabakta yavru kedi maması ya da su veya kedi sütü formülü ile ıslatılmış kedi bisküvisi verilir.




6. ve 12. Haftalarda kedi sütü formülü azaltılır ve daha fazla kuru yavru kedi maması verilir. Mama günde 4 defa verilir.

Uyku düzeni. Eğer yavrular dışarıda uyumaya hazır değil ise yırtıcılardan uzak sıcak ve kuru bir alan hazırlanmalı. Kutu veya etrafı temiz havlu ile ya da battaniye ile sarılı kedi taşıyıcısı kullanmalısınız. Havlu ya da örtü ile sarılmış sıcak su şişesi kullanarak yavruların taşıma anındaki gereken ısıyı koruyabilirsiniz.



Yavru kediler yedikten sonra bakıcı kişi tarafından yavrunun anal bölgesine dikkat edilerek temizliği yapılır. Bu uygulama iki hafta boyunca boşaltımını yapamayan yavruları uyarır. Sıcak suya batırılmış yumuşak kese veya mendil kullanılarak nazikçe dairesel hareketler ile anal ve idrar bölgesine masaj yapılır. Bu mimik anne kedinin dili gibidir.




Yavru kedi 4 haftalık olduğunda, tepsi kullanılmaya başlanmalı. Her beslenmeden sonra yavru kediyi hafifçe tepsiye yerleştirin. Tepsinin içine küçük bir kutu yerleştirmekle başlayın. Kutunun bir kısmını kaldırırsanız ulaşımı daha da kolaylaşacaktır.


How to feed your cats when you are away?

Cat food dispenser
Cat food dispenser

When cats rely on you for food and you are leaving for some time

Do you own cats or are you feeding street cats? In that case, especially when leaving for a longer period, you are worrying about the cats that rely on you for food. You probably won’t want to bother your neighbor of friends to much by asking them to feed them every day.
There is a solution for this problem!

Cat food dispenser in small, medium or large
Cat food dispenser in small, medium or large

We manufacture food dispensers in 3 sizes. This way your neighbor or friend only needs to come to your place for a refill once a week. Depending on the length of your absence and the number of cats you can choose the dispenser you need.

We have them showcased in our stand at the at Turizm Haftazı (week of Tourism) at the Kervanseray where we will have a stand from 20-23 April. You can order yours in our stand. Only a limited quantity will be available in the next 3 weeks  (due to absence of our manufacturer for vacation) . A new batch will be manufactured in August.So be quick if you want one on short notice.

Of course all revenue will go to the street animals of Kusadasi.

cat food sispenser
The cats love it!