On Saturday 23rd May, the Animal Aid Fethiye Kedi Evi held it’s first ever open day to allow residents and holiday makers alike a chance to come and see all the good work the volunteers do for the cats and kittens in the local community.

The first ever open day at Animal Aid's 'Kedi Evi' was a huge success

Fun for everyone

With stalls selling gifts, both for humans and animals, cake stalls, a raffle, tombola, auction, face painting and cream teas, there was plenty for everyone.

Within minutes of the 11am kick off, lots of people were milling around enjoying tea & cakes, cooing over cute kittens and generally enjoying themselves.

Fantastic results

The Kedi Evi were aiming to raise just enough to pay for ringworm treatments for the cats but, with a staggering total of 3,700tl raised, they will now also be able to put more towards the cost of neutering, new cages and cat food.

Ken and his new cat
Ken and his new cat

Not only that but the day also resulted in 4 lucky cats finding new forever homes and 3 new volunteers signing up.

Nicky adopted a kitten
Nicky adopted a kitten

Sue Cato, Team Leader at the Kedi Evi, said

It was a fantastic day. I was so worried that no-one would turn up so I’m completely overwhelmed by the amount of visitors we had, and the money we raised. The fact that there were also some adoptions and new volunteers was an added bonus that I really didn’t expect.”

She went on to say,

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to come and visit us, all those who donated cakes and gifts, George Rimmer for running the auction and, of course, all our volunteers who not only worked tirelessly to ensure it was a good day but who also work so hard throughout the year to keep so many cats and kittens safe and warm until they are old enough and well enough to face the world.”

Mum and kitten
Mum and kitten

Please help

The Kedi Evi still desperately needs more volunteers so if you are interested in volunteering, even if you are only here for a few weeks holiday, please contact Sue on (+90) 531 469 0842 or visit our Facebook page ‘Fethiye Kedi Evi’.

Animal Aid's 'Kedi Evi' volunteers
Animal Aid’s ‘Kedi Evi’ volunteers

Many thanks to Sian Midgley for the story and photographs.