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Rosalie Maddock-Lyon is raising money for Greek Cat Welfare Society

Sponsor Turkish Cat Oliver's movement to a Forever Home in the UK

Event dates: 14th June 2014 – 20th September 2014

My story

I found Oliver, in a pitiful state at the riverside restaurant of the hotel where I was staying in Dalyan, Mugla, Turkey. His back width was just the width of his spine, he was staggering with matted fur and could only croak not miaow.

With the help of the local Animal Welfare Charity who supplied a basket and transport he was taken to the local vet who said that he had probably been unable to move for some time due to an illness or accident and was basically starving.He also has a huge ulcer on his tongue. I had already started to feed him and for the rest of my stay continued to feed him up to 1 kg wet food everyday as he couldn't manage to eat dry food. He was wormed and Frontlined on his neck for fleas and ear mites and had a vitamin shot.

The day before I was due to leave on 13th June I had decided to save this loveable little cat who despite still being a full male adored being fussed and held and even went to sleep at the vets! But saving a cat in Turkey is not easy.

Yesterday Oliver made the first steps towards coming to his Forever Home in Amble, Northumberland in England. He was microchipped and had his first rabies shot and all his vaccinations. Mebrure, the wonderful lady who runs the Dalyandohakder Animal Charity will take him for his follow up shots and a blood test for the rabies.

But in the meantime, Oliver has to survive at the jetty restaurant of the Calpyso Plus Hotel, begging scraps from the tourists, unless, I can raise the money to have him kept in Marmaris at the kennels belonging to a fabulous vet there. He will keep Oliver and care for him until the four months waiting time on the rabies test has been fulfilled, organise the rest of the documentaion required by the UK government, and transport him to the local airport for me to meet him and then bring him back home to England.

UK law is very strict re the impostation of live animals by plane. They have to be brought by cargo and then undergo health checks at the airport they arrive in, meaning that the cost for the animal will be more than double the cost of a passenger seat. However, if I fly Turkish Airlines to Brussels, I can carry him on board as hand luggage for a very small amount, and then bring him by car through the Chunnel where they will just require to see his documentation. A very kind person who has already brought two cats over himself from Turkey has offered to meet me at the airport and take us in his car over to the UK.

The breakdown of the costs I am trying to raise is as follows:

Cost of rabies blood test 300 Turkish Lira

Cattery fees for three months at 10 Turkish Lira a day 900 Turkish Lira

All travel documentation plus compulsory (UK government) fleas and tick medication 300 Turkish Lira

Transport to the airport 200 Turkish Lira

Flight cost for Oliver to Brussels 120 Turkish Lira

This makes a total of 1820 Turkish Lira which is £504 at todays exchange rate.

Add to that the cost of the car through the Chunnel - around £60 return plus the volunteers fuel costs of around £40 and £600 would cover it.

Bearing in mind that these services in the UK would probably be at least triple the cost it is quite reasonable but still difficult to find for us, plus there will also be train tickets to Newcastle where we live

and my flight down to Dalyan from Newcastle and back to Brussels.


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Rosalie Maddock-Lyon is fundraising for

Greek Cat Welfare Society

Charity number: 1008057

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