The rescue of Ivan the dog
On the 29 of June I received this letter on my inbox.
I was on that last village on the Bosphorus cruise. I saw this sick old dog and blind kitten. I want to take them back to the U.S. with me, but I need help. I will be back in Istanbul on July 13 for one day, before I fly back. I want to use that day to find those two animals. I am willing to pay the necessary expenses, and I a willing to fly back in August or September to take the animals back with me. I just need help on July 13 to bring them from the island to Istanbul, and then to a veterinarian and a temporary foster home until they are ready to fly. I really want to save these two. I do not think either one will make it through the winter. I want to give that old dog a few good years, and I want to keep that kitten from suffering and sure death. Please help me. We share the same concerns. I need to know soon because I am trying to secure arrangements for July 13 before I return to Istanbul. Thank you. Paul.
We immediately found the kitten, as it turned out there was not only one but four of them!. Two of them were completely blind. The other two already lost one eye but could recover the other with appropriate treatment.
We put all the kittens and their mother in a cage and continued the search for the old dog.
Here is a little video of the events that followed.
We named him Ivan after me..
Paul flew that evening with Ivan the dog and with two little kittens we had nursed back to health, Hairy Steak and Cheeta. He left behind a little orange kitten he had rescued and entrusted to some people to care for. We took this kitten home and named him Pumpkin. I will publish his pictures soon, he is amazing.
Thank you Paul for doing what so few people would do. Our love to all of you.