Temporary Shelter Works for Street Animals
The Temporary Shelter, a part of Muğla Municipality Veterinary Department, carries on working for street animals. The Temporary Shelter which was opened in 1999 on nearly 8 thousand square metre area is the first nursing home with a licence in the region. In order not to take animals away from their natural environment, a natural park area has been arranged with rehabilitation and landscaping on 15 thousand square metre area at the shelter that welcomes many local and foreign citizens. Animals left to streets and without owner in Muğla region are taken to the temporary shelter by the staff and their treatments, parasitic medications and spaying are carried out in accordance with the Animal Protection law and new owners are wanted. So far, 2625 animals have been vaccinated, 2538 animals have been given parasite medication, 1932 animals have been spayed and new owners have been found for 571 animals. Veterinary Department carries out projects to tell the social and educational aspects of their arrangements at the shelter to citizens as well. Certificate programs for local animal volunteers and educational programs for pet sellers have been made so far; on the other hand, 2000 students from the schools at the centre and nearby villages have visited the shelter with Provincial National Education Directorate. In addition, for World Volunteer Youth Camp which was organized in cooperation with Turkey Youth Centre and the Municipality of Muğla at the end of summer in 2011-2012, 35 students from foreign countries had come to watch the shelter projects in its own place for 15 days. Youth camp project at an animal shelter has enabled foreign guests to meet Muğla culture and take part in projects for animals for the first time in the world. Above all these, the Municipality of Muğla gives information about street animals with billboards and brochures and supplies shelter homes at parks, food and water cans.