Street dogs and cats in Kusadasi

About the street dogs and cats in Kusadasi

feeding stray animals
feeding stray animals

During my summer vacation, one of the first things that struck me were the large numbers of street dogs and cats on the street. Especially in the hotel gardens and near restaurants. Most of them were cute, especially the kittens and the puppies. I could never resist the temptation to feed the stray animals. And many tourists felt the same.

I overheard some comments: “Those little creatures do not come short of food here” or “Those animals eat better than us”. In the busy summer months that might sometimes be true but what happens and after the summer?



A paradise in summer time, a hell in winter time

empty streets in winter time

Because there is relatively a large amount of food, most kittens and puppies survive. Certainly it is sometimes a paradise for the animals in hotels in the summer.

But did you know that Kusadasi and most other tourist places are very different after the holiday season?
The tourists leave, most people with a holiday home also leave. By far the majority of hotels and guesthouses are closed. Many restaurants are not open in the off season.

For many stray animals, now paradise turns into a hell.




What is the result?

cats are looking for food in trash container
cats are looking for food in trash container

Outside the tourist season the stray dogs and cats depend on the few remaining people that are still feeding, and what they can still find in the rubbish bins. As far as the garbage containers are concerned, the cats have the advantage over the dogs that can not jump into those.
Because there are fewer people, there is of course also much less food to be found in waste containers. Sometimes nothing at all.
Did you know that there are many residential areas where hardly anyone lives in the winter?


sick and hungry kitten
I wish I was not born at all

Therefore in winter it is much more difficult for stray animals to find any food.
After only a few weeks, the kittens and puppies do no longer look so cute anymore, but skinny and sick. Often flea infested, worms in their bellies and with inflamed eyes and wounds.

The stray animals are nobody’s and far too few people care about them.




What can you do about it as a toerist?

sick and hungry puppy
Now I am not so cute anymore

If you are only here for a few weeks for vacation, the possibilities for helping are somewhat limited. Adopting animals is possible but it is a process that takes months.

Because so many animals die miserably, preventing that they are born, is actually the best. This through sterilization and castration. Although the costs here in Turkey are significantly lower (about 4x cheaper than in the Netherlands), it still costs money. Many Turkish people can not afford it.

Fortunately, there are animal charities such as Animal Rescue Kusadasi consisting of volunteers, who do their best to alleviate the suffering of the animals. Where necessary, medical assistance is given and animals that come under our care are sterilized or neutered when they are nursed back to health.

As long as it is financially feasible, we neuter and spay stray animals to help limit the growth of the stray population. If you have been here before and seen the quantity, you will understand that a lot of money is needed. Given the number of strays there is always too little money.
That is why your donation is desperately needed!



Stand at Turizm Haftazı (week of Tourism) at the Kervanseray Kusadasi

Our very first fundraising event was great!

We are delighted to announce that Animal Rescue Kusadasi hds been granted a stand on the Turizm Haftasi  (tourist week) event at the Kervan Seray (map Kervansasray Kusadasi) from 20-23 April 2018. Many came to our stand for information and several nice items, cookies and cakes were sold, Of course all revenue will go to the street animals of Kusadasi. We want to thank everybody who helped us to make this event a success.


turizm haftasi 2018



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.