Erzincan örneği Turkiye’de birseylerin degistigine dair umut verici oldu. Belediye Başkanı Yüksel Çakir’a sokak hayvanı sorununa bu insani ve rasyonel yaklaşımıi icin tesekkur ediyoruz. Erzincan’in tum Doğu Anadolu için örnek il olmasini umuyoruz. Bu calışmanın gerçeklesmesi için destek veren Hollanda’lı Actiezwerfhonden Derneğine ve SHKD ekibinden sevgili arkadaslarimiz Murat Bekhan, Necdet Ugur ve Omer Atis’a tesekkür ediyoruz.
The SHKD team of veterinaries, Murat Bekhan, Necdet Ugur and vet technician Omer Atis have returned with very positive impressions from Erzincan where they had gone to train municipality vets about the “key hole” technique and to neuter stray animals. It was especially amazing to observe the young mayor Yuksel Cakir’s very conscious approach to the issue. He said he believed that the problem of overpopulation of stray animals can be solved by neuter and return and that he wanted Erzincan to be the leading city in Eastern Anatolia to implement this technique and to solve the problem. He visited the SHKD team during operation and then invited them to his office afterwards to get through information about the subject. It was remarkable that the municipality shelter was also designed in a way that is convenient for the species needs of the dogs. Another indicator for the mayor’s serious approach was that one of the two vets was particularly employed only for neutering of stray animals. Our friends taught Vet Eyup Bey, who is a very industrious, enthusiastic and compassionate person, the details of the “key hole” technique. The SHKD team neutered 120 dogs and 19 cats during their visit. They have left ERzincan confident that Vet Eyup will continue with the mission with utmost care.
Erzincan example gave hope for change in Turkey. We thank mayor Yuksel Cakir for his humane and rational approach to the problem and hope that Erzincan be an example for all Eastern Anatolia and all Turkey. We thank Dutch animal protection organisation Acitezwerfhonden for their support and our dear friends Murat Bekhan, Nejdet Ugur and Omer Atis for their precious efforts.