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IBAN NL62INGB0004011891 BIC / SWIFT-Code: INGBNL2A ING Bank-Amsterdam. ActieZwerfhonden Zonnemaire The Netherlands

ex Atakoy-Sefakoy


For several years StraydogsCampaign supports a shelter in Atakoy / Istanbul where two old ladies care together for over 300 (!) Dogs.




Last year, the women and their dogs were forced to relocate by the municipality to a designated place in another part of the region (Sefakoy). It was not for long that they could relax. Just before the start of winter, the women and their dogs were given notice of an upcoming move. The reason, property development. Like the last time the bulldozers were ready to tear down the place.

The dogs were again treated as out-laws and the two women were men-tally and physically at the end of their wits.

The approx 300 dogs have been moved from Sefakoy to the forest- shelter. The dogs are living in large packs, on large fenced forest areas and every dog gets his/her own dog-house to protect them from the elements.



StraydogsCampaign is very grateful for the help that SHKD in Istanbul offered by the provision of shelter space and the practical care of the dogs. But there is no budget within this organization for food and medical-treatment of the dogs.

StraydogsCampaign can not leave these dogs to their fate and has decided to take the responsi-bility for the costs of these 300 snouts itself. A big challenge!


August 2009

The dogs in the shelter of Sefakoy are generally doing okay.
Nilufer is still visiting the shelter a few times a week to check on her dogs.
A number of dogs is very social and they will try to find them a loving home that are able to adopt them.
Most of these dogs will be transported to Germany.
The dogs that have scabies are still under treatment.
Two of the dogs that the were infected the worst unfortunately deceased.
One is still nursed by Banu at her home.
One dog had a tumour close to its genital organs. Meanwhile, he was operated to remove this.
This dog as well as other dogs that have had scabies but to a lesser extent are in a separate part in the forest asylum.
They are still treated for the scabies and get special food to support the treatment.

September 2009

The 7 dogs from Sefakoy who are having skin problems, which is probably scabies, are still under treatment.
Whatever medications they tried, the dogs do not response to anything and they are not doing very well

March 3rd. 2011 Last weekend Cemile died in a fire in the Bakirkoy/Istanbul shelter. Cemile was different from most people and loved dogs very much in her own way. Strays were her life. We hope she has finally found peace.