Bülent Akın Dönertaş, a 58-year-old retired English teacher living in Karacasu district of Aydın, teaches online at a Japan-based language school and spends what he earns to take care of his dear friends .
Dönertaş, who opened the Karacasu shelter for use on his own initiative, brings sick and injured stray dogs here, nursing and caring for them. Going on rounds for his dear friends every day in the wee hours of the morning, Dönertaş prepares the surplus bread he collects by visiting the bakeries for the dear friends he takes care of, combining them with the leftover meals he he buys at a high school cafeteria. While the exemplary behavior of the retired teacher is appreciated by those who see him, Dönertaş appeals to animal lovers and authorities, expecting support for the care and sterilization of stray dogs.
Dönertaş, who has been working for his dear friends for about a year and is almost the district’s volunteer dog caregiver, said that he came to see the dogs that needed care even for a day without losing, and said, ” If I don’t come here even for one day, these dogs will die. These are dogs that need care and are sick,” he said.
Stating that he couldn’t come to see the dogs because of the corona virus he had 6 months ago, he was having a hard time because of it, Dönertaş found the solution to keep a carer. Dönertaş said he was looking for a caretaker who would take care of the dogs for 2 hours a day by paying his salary; “I’m the only one and I’ve been racing myself for 11 months. Every day I get up in the morning and try to get bread from the bakers. After finding and bringing the loaves, I begin to cut the bread. I mix them with leftover food. Where this is not enough, I supplement with dry food. The district governor’s office can donate 45 bags of dry food per month. I prepare the food with them. You first give a dog his food and change his water. Then you clean up the mess and throw it away. If there are dogs that are sick, you give them injections, you give them their medicine. These take about 1.5 hours for me. It’s been like this every day for 11 months and I got sick the other day and a servant of God didn’t come. I tried to come back here as I am. I couldn’t take a step. I fed my dogs and then took a taxi to the hospital. I don’t have a day off. These dogs exist if I give them, not if I don’t. “If I don’t come here, these animals will die,” he said.
Dönertaş recalled that he was invited to Karacasu refuge; “I have no authority here. I’m a guest here, but someone has to do this job. I do this out of conscience. We currently have a sick dog. I gave medicine in the morning and in the afternoon. Now that I’ve boiled the broth, I’m going to force it through the mouth with a syringe or this animal will die,” he said.
“I operated on 17 dogs”
Stating that he is a retired English teacher from Karacasu High School, Dönertaş said, “But I teach online at a school abroad. My school is in Japan. So this is the only place where I can afford my dogs. Otherwise I can’t afford. They were dogs that lived on the streets and they were hungry. Some of them were hungry.” Skeleton. “Some of them were in a skeletal state in a private clinic,” he says.
Adding that he was suffering from the increase in rumors about the opening of the shelter, which he uses on his own initiative, Dönertaş said, “After my efforts here, the rumor spread that ‘the shelter was opened “. Everyone started leaving their dog here. I’m not a rich person, I meet him on my own. A shelter can destroy the power of a wealthy millionaire. Because if the dogs keep coming if they’re not neutered, you can’t make room for them or feed them. That’s why I established my own criteria. With my own means, I favored disabled animals, those who could not take care of themselves, and females who needed to be operated on. Currently, I operated 17 of our dogs with my own means. I also meet their food at my own expense. A high school that serves lunch here now sends me their meals, but I cover conditions like surgery and infertility treatments myself. I still have the vet clinic. I don’t get much help, I don’t get it, I don’t ask for it. I don’t explain the situation too much because I’m offended. I don’t know anything about this place. The sign at the entrance indicates Governorate and Municipality. Apparently yes. This place was built as a gathering place. The collection point has a location similar to a place where sick animals are collected and treated collectively. This is how it should be. As someone in this trade, my personal opinion is that it is absolutely pointless to build large shelters. Because if you open shelters instead of sterilizing them, you will only make the situation worse. In other words, after a while, half of Karacasu turns into a refuge. The goal is to sterilize them,” he said.
Dönertaş said the excess of dogs in Karacasu is the inability to control the population; “One of the main reasons for the excess of dogs in Karacasu is the inability to control the population. Let me speak for Karacasu. I counted 167 dogs. Most of them are neutered. If we we eat less than one meal a day, that’s 7,000 bites a day. That’s more than enough to feed 167 dogs, and I’d say. If all Karacasu’s trash came to me in a real way, I’d feed all of them. Aydın’s dogs.
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