Our story began as a small group of animal lovers that regularly fed stray cats and dogs.
For a number of years, we traveled together to the outskirts of Istanbul to feed and care for any animal we came across and to get them adopted.
Eventually, we were unable to tackle the overwhelming number of animals being abandoned and decided to take a more proactive and holistic approach to animal welfare. The first step was to find a new home for our cause. After 5 months of searching, we found a dilapidated house not too far from the centre of Istanbul. There were no windows, no flooring, no kitchen nor any working facilities. After signing the lease, we got to work with our friends and volunteers, and after 2 months of hard work, we had a functioning headquarters. What we started as a small refuge for animals with a group of friends, soon became a true project that is supported by many volunteers and partners.
In the meantime, we rented our second branch 5-minutes away from our HQ. until august of 2019, we could only harbour 70 dogs in these two branches. As we inevitably started getting more dogs, we decided to rent farmland in Hadimköy, which is located on the outskirts of Istanbul. We currently have three locations that provide refuge to more than 250 dogs, which we continue to rehabilitate and re-home.