if there was a trophy to be handed out for those that do wonderful work but quietly and where it is needed the most I would give it to my two friends Guzide and Ayse. They work together in the areas of Istanbul where N & R is required the most but very rarely touched.
My vote for the two most caring ladies in Istanbul goes to Guzide and Ayse.
Thank you so much you do wonderful work, I should know because I have followed you for a few years now.
With love & much respect, Tina
From: Guzide ERDEN
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 6:08 PM
Subject: 25-26 October 2006 + 9th Nov, CAT NEUTER&RELEASE, Istanbul Archeology Museum’s Garden
CAT NEUTER & RELEASE, 25-26th OCTOBER 2008,
ISTANBUL ARCHEOLOGY MUSEUM
Istanbul Archeology Museum is in the center of old city, a favorite place for tourists. This peaceful place has a large garden with full of trees that has been a home for several large cat groups. The number of cats have been increasing significantly for two reasons : (i) No sterilization took place beforehand (ii) Cats are being dumped into the garden from other areas. The pictures give an idea from the place and cat groups.
Initially a two-day sterilization activity was realised. The third step was done 2 weeks after. The Museum team are very cooperative with us, they allocated a place for the equipment, operation and post-operation. A team of a vet, vet. assistant and a catcher worked together during n&r.
Total number of cats sterilized : 42 (17 male, 25 female). All of them are vaccinated against rabies, besides inner and outer anti-parasite treatments applied.
Only vaccinated : 8 ( 5 of them were young enough for an operation + 3 were already sterile).
Medical treatment : 1 (sent to the clinic)
We thank very much to the below organisations, without their support this activity could not have been realised :
Marchig Trust that covered the cost of the activity (vet, vet assistant, catcher, medicine)
Actiezwerfhonden that provided the cat trap.
FIRST DAY, 25th Oct.
The vet who is in green giving injection for anaesthesia.
This vet has been very experienced in n&r. He can make the operations through a very small cut with inner stitches, so that the recovery period is the shortest possible with the minimum risks. Please see below how small cut he makes the operations from.
The traps are very useful when catching (cat trap) and keeping the cats before/after op (dog traps). The traps were provided by Actiezwerfhonden (Holland).
THE SECOND DAY, 26th Oct
There was heavy shower in the morning, but the team continued the activity.
3 DAYS AFTER THE ACTIVITY :
A visit was made to the place 3 days after to check the area/cats. The non-sterile ones and the ones require medical treatment were noted for the 3rd step.
Ayse Doganci is in the picture.
A sign is required to separate the sterilised one from the others (male ones can be identified but the females!). In every sterilisation activity we catch one or two that had been sterilized before but have no sign of the operation.
As seen, the small cut to one ear given during the operation enables easy separation.
No harm to cats.
The tourists and cats are very happy to be together.
During catching, we received so many questions and curious looks. It was pleasure to tell them that “this catching was for sterilisation and vaccination only !”. Those explanations together with the team’s careful and caring attitude gave them a good relief.
THE THIRD STEP, 9th Nov.
The third step was realised on the 9th Nov. It was good to see the sterilized ones around.
FINAL NOTES :
Upper respiratory infection (viral) are very common among the cats. We observed that the rate was not below than 60%. As the winter is close, we will not do the operations till spring.
In the mean time, a vitamin and anti-biotic treatment is planned. A day-long activity can work well.
There are still non-sterile ones that are very difficult to catch. Besides, there are many young ones around.
If those are done in next spring, then the cat populations will be kept under control.
Guzide Erden Ayse Doganci