Oludeniz Hash House Harriers recently joined together to help refurbish the Haydos stray animal sanctuary near Dalaman.
Oludeniz Hash House Harriers (OH3) might be just three years old but it is going from strength to strength. Each year they select a good cause to support. Last year they sponsored and supported Karen Bales (Autism Anglia). This year they wanted to do something closer to home.
When news of the Haydos Animal Rescue and Care Centre hit social media following a large forest fire in the area OH3 jumped into action.
It was decided that a few of the OH3 members, in liaison with Animal Antics Ovacik, would visit Haydos to see if anything could be done to help the site.
During the initial visit they met with Türkan Dağdelen who runs the centre. It soon became clear that the main need was to provide new and repair kennels for the hundreds of dogs during the winter months.
Armed with this information the rest of the OH3 were informed and two dates were set aside, one for the raising of money to help the centre and the other for a working day on site at Haydos.
During one of the Hash Run/Walks over 600 TL was raised through the selling of cakes, olive oil, home-made produce and a kind donation from the Ovacik Residency Committee toward the project.
A small proportion of the money was used to buy nails and tacks for the working day and the balance went to purchase pet food for the 100s of animals that Türkan looks after.
On Friday 11 Oct 2013 over 35 OH3 members plus family and friends from the local area descended on the site armed with power tools, drills, hammers. On arrival 5 teams got organised quickly and work began to overhaul and refurbish the majority of the kennels in situ.
By mid afternoon the majority of work had been completed and after clearing the area the dogs moved into their new homes and the workers sat down to a well-earned drink.
A fantastic and most rewarding day was had by all those who visited Haydos and our host Türkan was so grateful for all the work that had been completed just in time for the rains that came the following week.
Türkan does a great job living on site with both the dogs and the cats in her care and any support that could be provided would be much appreciated.
OH3 plan to revisit the animal sanctuary at Haydos in the New Year.