Birkaç ay önce arkadaşımız Soner Akkaya bize muhteşem bir teklifle geldi. Mesajı şuna benzer bir şeydi:
Sizin için bir şey yapmak istiyorum.
Grubunuzun masraflarını karşılamak için bir konser organize etmeme izin verin…
Biz de, (şahsi idollerimden biri olan) Sir Richard Branson’un sözleriyle cevap verdik: “Biz varız, yapalım şu işi!”
29 Nisan gecesi, Bohemian Events ve Let’s Adopt! ilk ortak organizasyonunu gerçekleştiriyor. Özel bir parti olacak (elbette siz onu çok daha geniş kapsamlı bir hale getirebilirsiniz ki bu harika olur.)
Gecede 5 muhteşem sanatçı arkadaşımız sahne alacak. Sanatlarını bize yardım etmek amacıyla kullanacaklar. Bu bize bir hediye. Bu hediye karşılığında onlara minnettarlığımızı göstermenin tek yolu ise katılımımız.
250′den fazla kişi geleceğini bildirdi. Bazı üyelerimiz sadece o gece bizimle birlikte olabilmek için Avrupa’dan Türkiye’ye uçuyorlar.
Bu Perşembe, 29 Nisan, saat 19′da, sizleri Studio Live‘da göreceğimi umuyor ve katılımınıza güveniyorum.
Soner Akkaya’ya, hepimizi bir araya getirmek için gösterdiği çabalardan ötürü içtenlikle teşekkür ediyorum. Ve elbette aşağıdaki sanatçılara minnetimizi sunuyorum:
- Erdem Yener
- Cenk Han Alkaya
-Judonomi (US, Bohemian)
A couple of months ago our friend Soner Akkaya wrote to us with a great offer. It pretty much read along the lines of:
You guys are great.
I want to do something for you.
Let me organize a concert to help you cover the group’s expenses…
Our answer, as Sir Richard Branson (one of my idols) would say: Screw it, Let’s do it!
On April 29 Bohemian Events and Let’s Adopt! will present their first organization together. It will be an intimate event (unless you all make it massive which would be even better).
We will have 5 great artists and friends on stage. They will donate their art to us. It is a gift. A gift we can’t possibly repay with anything other than our appreciation and presence.
We have over 250 people confirmed. Some of our members will fly from Europe just to be with us that night.
I would be truly very grateful if I could count on your presence this coming Thursday the 29th, at 19 hrs, Studio Live.
With our most sincere thanks to Soner Akkaya @ Bohemian Events for his great help in bringing all of us together. And of course, our deepest gratitude to:
- Erdem Yener
- Cenk Han Alkaya
-Judonomi (US, Bohemian)
See you there…
Facebook offers and incredible potential to spread ideas and engage people in worthwhile causes. Unfortunately most activists have not fully managed to harness its amazing potential.
At Let’s Adopt! we have been busy building a massive worldwide network but we need your help to continue growing. Here are 3 pointers that will help you understand the logic behind what we do.
1. Grow your personal network first.
In order to make a group grow you first need to build your own personal network, to fill them up not with useless connections but with great people who will contribute to your cause and contribute to make the group bigger and better, one member at a time. Your group or cause will not grow unless you make a real effort to grow your own personal network.
2. Open new routes.
You all have Facebook friends with whom you share hundreds of “connections”. That is ok, it provides solidity to the group, but does it really contribute to expanding its reach? At Let’s Adopt! most of our adoptions and offers to foster come from people with whom I share just a handful of common connections. Each time we create one of those new connections we enter unexplored territory and endless new opportunities. That is how I see it anyway…
Don’t forget to invite each and every new connection to your group.
3. Understand what we are here for.
Once in a while I am criticized for not reaching out to my Facebook friends, for never starting conversations, for not commenting on people’s status notices. Regardless of the fact that I strive to answer each and every email and that it is clear to all that I use Facebook with a clear and defined purpose, many feel that I am not making enough effort in reaching out, bonding, sharing, getting to know them.
As much as I love all of you and that many of our members have become my personal friends and will likely remain forever, the truth is that I am not here to make friends. I’m here to CONNECT and make CHANGE.
Through our work, Let’s Adopt! is making a great deal of change, we are saving the lives of hundreds of animals, we are enriching the lives of our adoptants and fosters, we are inspiring people in the community by encouraging to do their absolute best and to work as a team to achieve seemingly impossible goals.
We could not have achieved any of this if I had focused in developing deep bonds/relationships with our members. Sure, I would have been invited to weddings and birthday parties to last me for a lifetime but we would not have saved a single animal.
I’m here for a purpose, and if you are reading this message, so are you. Our motto is: Saving animals, inspiring humans… THAT is my purpose.
Now, start enlarging the Let’s Adopt! network of your choice… We need adoptants and foster homes worldwide, and we will only get those if each one of us does its best to reach out and enlarge our incredible community.
Our first success story in Bulgaria: Pirata
Dear friends of the Bulgarian network,
It is my pleasure to announce that our friend Pirata has been adopted in Vana.
Pirata will live with a dog and a cat in a wonderful home.
Pirata’s adoption is a very important one. It is the first success story of Let’s Adopt! in Bulgaria.
We hope it will be the first of many. Here are some of the Success Stories of the group in other countries.. check them out… amazing each one of them.
I would please ask you to invite to this group the most special people in your friendslist. At this stage we need to focus on quality, no on quantity. The success of this group and its impact will depend directly of the quality of our members.
A few days ago I received an email from our friend Mariya in Bulgaria.
They had found this really cute one-eyed cat in a terrible condition.
He was found in an old train depot, covered in machine oil, very thin, with a skin condition probably caused by the chemicals, one infected and one missing eye, and a broken jaw with some teeth protruding out. We learned that one of the security guards beats him up with a police bat – probably the reason for his missing eye and broken jaw. He has been neutered, successfully treated for lung parasites, we took out the protruding tooth, he is vaccinated and the skin condition is gone.
Our friends have already a number of cats and one of them is very sick, rescuing this little fellow was going to make things very complicated.
They did it anyway.
And here it is… We called him Pirata, a great name for a cat with such a great personality.
He is very sweet, loves people and gets along great with just about everybody. He loves to sit on people’s heads whilst they are watching TV in bed so you need to be careful you don’t end up with a cat on your head!
Pirata is in Bulgaria at the moment, it would be great if we could find him a home there but at the moment our network is very small in that country. Pirata very likely will have to fly, it doesn’t matter.. he loves to travel.
Adopt this Bulgarian Pirate…. as story go it really doesn’ t get any more special than this…
Conditions for adoption:
- The family must have AT LEAST ONE OTHER ANIMAL at present. We want to make sure the family understand the responsibility of having an animal.
- Pirata will be an indoor cat. Access to garden is a plus, of course.
- Pirata will be fed a raw diet (www.rawfedcats.org)
Want to see wild animals? Check this amazing gallery by photographer Nick Brandt.
This is what wild animals look like.
A couple of days ago we reported on the campaign started in Bonavista against Cirque Estival. Well.. sometimes it takes just a little sparkle to ignite a fire.
Protest is spreading all over Facebook and people have taken notice.
Mayor Betty Fitzgerald is having a meeting with the SPCA, I am confident drastic measures will be taken.
The world has changed, there is no place for the traditional circus in it any longer.
Canada is the birthplace of the world’s leading entertaining company, Le Cirque du Soleil. A circus act that has completely redefined the very meaning of the word.
Here is our suggestion for the town of Bonavista. Invite a circus, but a humane circus that places all its emphasis on human performance, not on poor animals having to dance motivated by fear and pain.
Here is a tongue-in-cheek example… a new kind of circus…
Keci was one of our very special dogs.
She was brought to the Sariyer Shelter from the district of Beykoz in 2001…
Thanks to our friend Lale, Keci became a new member of an amazing German family in 2002.
That family took her with them on every vacation they ever went. This is the reason why every few months we would receive pictures of Keci from different countries and locations (the pic in this post was taken in Denmark)
Today 24 th of April she passed away from a sudden illness.
Keci lived in hell for the first four years of her life until we rescued her… she spent 8 wonderful years in Germany and passed a the age of 12.
We wish all our animals the same kind of life Keci had in her new home, and this is the reason why we work so hard to find the perfect families for our animals, whenever that family may be.
Our biggest thanks to that amazing family, we are very sorry for your loss.
Click here for some more pics of our amazing Keci
Most of the world’s greatest movements begin with a single person taking a single decision. A normal person that looks around her, doesn’t like what she sees and says NO.
That act of defiance is, in itself, more powerful and of far more reaching consequences than the combined discussions of a thousand bureaucrats, and yes, you have those types in governments, companies and NGO’s.
A few days ago, Lacey Tippett, a young girl from Bonavista, Newfoundland (Canada) decided to do something about the horrible treatment of circus animals. Her city has invited The Cirque Estival, a circus with a track record of animal abuse to perform in the City’s summer festivities. So, she headed to Facebook and started a group to protest and demand the public to boycott the circus performances.
The response in the small town of Bonavista has been overwhelming, the city’s youth flocked to the group and expressed their reject. As a response she received a not-so-veiled threat from the management of the Stadium where the circus is due to perform.
Today, Let’s Adopt! is going to lend Lacey a hand.
Mrs. Betty Fitzgerald, the Mayor of Bonavisa is a modern woman, she is on Facebook, she understand the power of social media. She will be very happy to hear from you.
Please send a Facebook message to Mrs. Fitzgerald and ask her, in a nice and polite way, to do the right thing and cancel the performance of the Circus in Bonavista due to overwhelming public demand.
The cause is right, the approach is right, I therefore trust you will do all you can to help Lacey Tippet in her quest for Change. The city of Bonavista deserves much more than this and its name shouldn’t be associated with this cruelty.
Write to Betty Fitzgerald HERE.
P.S. I leave you with a video that displays the treatment circus animals receive on a daily basis. This should be enough to motivate us all to do something about it.
A couple of days ago I received a telephone call. It was my friend Yasemin Baban, one of the greatest animal rescuers I ever met.
She was calling from the Beykoz shelter.
Her trembling voice could barely mask her tears. She went on the describe me what it had just happened. A few minutes earlier, a well dressed man arrived to the shelter driving a luxury car. He was carrying a bag. Inside the bag there were two Persian cats, mother and son, 10 and 6 years old.
He told a story of a couple, a british woman and a turkish man. The couple had split up because of the man’s infidelities. She was returning to England and couldn’t take the cats with her.
We do not know who took the decision to take those two beautiful cats, perfectly groomed and obviously loved, to a shelter filled to the brim with barking dogs, but the fact is that they did it. Logic tells me that the lady left the cats to the care of her husband and he, simply, gave the cats to his driver to be dumped at the nearest shelter.
Yasemin described precisely the situation you see in these pictures. A mother and a son sticking close together, terrified and shaking uncontrollably. They refused to eat, and drink.
I asked her to bear with me whilst I made a few calls. Nothing. Let’s Adopt! doesn’t currently have any foster homes, for cats or dogs. Once again, my hands were tied. I had to promise I would continue looking and asked her to keep the cats at the shelter.
I couldn’t sleep that night. I kept on thinking of the mother and son, going crazy amongst all those dogs.
The thing is, whilst most of you have already one cat (and refuse to do anything for any other animal), we have 16 cats at home (and I’m not mentioning the dogs). Ad to this the fact that we have another emergency to foster (Sylvester) and it means we need to find a home for this two beautiful cats right away.
The driver did not give us their names, but we have named them Nader and Maheen, two beautiful Persian names.
Today I took beautiful pictures of the cats, sleeping peacefully and safe, but I have decided to publish the first images I ever saw of them. I want you to see what I did.
Help me find a home for Nader and Maheen. Or even better, adopt them yourself.
Conditions for adoption:
- Nader and Maheen will be adopted together.
- The family must have AT LEAST TWO cats currently. We want to make sure the family understand cats. Most people who only have one cat simply have no idea.
- The cats will be indoor cats. Access to garden is a plus, of course.
-.The cats will be fed a raw diet (www.rawfedcats.org)
You found an injured animal: Now what?
I receive such emails every day of the year. They always appear on my in-box first thing in the morning.
They read like this: Yesterday night when driving back home I found an injured dog. I took him to the vet but I cannot take care of him because ( insert random reason here). What can I do now? Can’t you take the dog?
Those kind of emails saddened me enormously for a number of reasons.
1. I feel pain for the dog. Life on the streets is an extremely hard one and it becomes even more complicated when a drunk driver hits you and drives away without looking back. He wouldn’t do this to a person. Or maybe he would. But we are talking about animals here. So he drives away.
2. I feel for the person that writes to me. The person has done something good. Now he doesn’t know what to do. He needs support.
3. Most of the time I cannot do anything for either of them other than giving the person advice that he doesn’t really want anyway. What the writer wants is for me to completely take over his responsibility.
Most of the time people ask me for money to cover the animal expenses, the dog doesn’t belong to them after all, why should they pay?. Other times they ask me to take the animal and put him on a foster home or he will HAVE to dump him in a municipal shelter where he will surely die.
The word “animal shelter” does not apply in Turkey. With two or three exceptions there is not a single “shelter” in this country that can ensure an injured animal will receive proper treatment and be subsequently re-homed in a good family.
As much as we love our country we need to accept that we have a long way to go, that our systems are not perfect, that municipalities are not really interested in taking care of human beings, let alone animals, and that, quite simply, right now, you are EVERYTHING that injured animal has.
We also need to accept that the average animal lover in this country doesn’t have the generosity of spirit to open his home temporarily to an animal in need. It is a sad reality that the so-called animal-lover here doesn’t love animals, he loves HIS animal. The rest is just empty talk which I find very irritating.
Destiny has made you an animal rescuer. It is YOUR responsibility to take that injured and suffering animal to a vet and pay for its treatment. It is YOUR responsibility to take care of him in your home and find him a good home. It is YOUR responsibility to find him a foster home or put him on a dog pension and pay for the bills.
Let’s Adopt! can and will support you and guide you through the process, but we cannot do the job for you.
Look at it this way. Today you have been given a unique chance. The chance to save a life, to become a hero. The chance to know that your actions will affect a life forever.
You can choose to perform and do what is right, or you can choose to clean your conscience by dumping the animal at the nearest animal shelter, a concentration camp for dogs where he will die of disease and starvation whilst waiting for a miracle.
Today YOU ARE THAT MIRACLE.