by Brenda Cassidy

I am sure you all remember Bella and her Brood – her story is here https://animalrescuekusadasi.org/2020/09/06/bellas-brood.

This morning Helen Stockman, a summer visitor, posted on our Animal Rescue Kusadasi FaceBook page asking if it would be possible to take a dog from the Batican Hotel beach to the UK – she said that her family had made a very special bond with a sweet dog sat with them every day – they had fallen in love with her.

Many people answered Helen’s enquiry and when she posted a photograph we were amazed and delighted – yes, it was sweet Bella! ARK member Banu posted pictures to show Helen that it was her and Louise Stacey (who had adopted Bonnie last year) provided Helen with information on how she had arranged Bonnie’s rescue.

Helen contacted Hakan of Hunters House Boarding Kennels, near Fethiye, and arranged for him to collect Bella the next morning, keep her until all her paperwork and vaccinations have been completed and she is ready to be transported to the UK. Liz and I collected Bella within 30 minutes of arrangements being finalized – we couldn’t risk losing her again! During this month alone she has mysteriously been found and rescued by ARK from Yaylaköy, some 15 km from Long Beach, and Söke trading estate, even further away. Both times we prayed that this sweet natured girl, who had stolen the hearts of all us volunteers, would manage to survive. It seems that our prayers have been answered! Banu has offered to take Bella’s remaining pups, Bertie and Betty, to live on her street, where Banu will be able to keep an eye on them.

I am keeping Bella in my house overnight and she will start the beginning of the rest of her life tomorrow morning.

A big thank you now is in order to our animal feeding group volunteers who included Fleur, Deniz Çifci Valente, Trudy & Rob, Paula & Jan, Mandy & Serkan, Banu & Binnur, Alan & Ann, Jane & me.

What a happy ending to a very hectic day!

If you would like to contribute to ARK’s mission, alleviating the suffering of vulnerable Kuşadası street animals, please click the link: https://animalrescuekusadasi/help/donations