From ANIMAL PEOPLE, September 2003:
ISTANBUL–The Society for Animal Protection (SHKD) shelter
and sterilization clinic in the aqueduct district near Istanbul is
soon to be closed, due to neighborhood objections to barking plus
lack of political and economic support.
The facility was toured by delegates to the 2001
International Companion Animal Welfare Conference, along with the
Natural Dog Shelter at the sprawling Kemerburgaz Rubbish Dump Project
several miles away.
The landlord who leased the site to SHKD wants to reclaim the
land for development, now that upscale housing developments have
come up all around. British clothing manufacturer Robert Smith, the
major funder of the shelter since it opened in 1998, is frustrated
and ready to leave, wanting only time to accommodate all the
resident dogs and cats.
“We have reduced the number of dogs still there to about
250,” Smith told ANIMAL PEOPLE. “Several hundred–at a guess
400-500 in the year 2003–have been sent to Germany, Holland and
Austria for rehoming. About 20 sick or injured dogs have been put
to sleep,” Smith said.