Animal Rescue Kuşadası, ARK, is an association legally registered in Aydın as Kuşadası Hayvan Kurtarma Derneği, registration number 09.021.148. The registration document can be seen by any member of the public on request and will always be available for inspection at any ARK function.
The Association is governed by Turkish law and by the specific rules laid down in the tüzük (regulations) document issued on registration. A copy of the tüzük is available on request.
Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18 and resident in Turkey by completion of the regulation application form and approval by officers of the Association. Membership of ARK related social media groups does not confer membership of the Association.
The Association is managed by a board or committee elected by the registered members in an open meeting. The committee meets at least once, usually twice, every month to review progress, plan for the future, to examine the accounts and to ensure that the Association’s business is run in accordance with the law and the tüzük.
The Association exists to provide care and veterinary treatment for sick and injured street animals in the administrative district of Kuşadası. Whenever possible, once an animal has been restored to health and neutered, attempts will be made to find it a permanent home, if this is unsuccessful the animal will be returned to where it was found. Young animals will be given a full course of vaccinations before release or adoption.
If necessary, during prolonged treatment or post operative care, the animal may be placed with temporary foster carers and ARK will pay essential care costs.
Responsibility for veterinary care ends when an animal is released or one month after adoption.
When funds allow, ARK will also pay for the neutering of street animals taken by members of the public to one of our nominated veterinary clinics and will also pay for any other treatment deemed necessary by the vet on examination of the animal. After neutering and other treatment the animal will be returned to where it was found.
ARK may, at the discretion of the committee, pay for the neutering of the mother and offspring of litters of street animals.
ARK does not operate a sanctuary, refuge or shelter and cannot guarantee immediate aid. Physical help is always subject to the availability of members and supporters. ARK cannot support domestic pets and cannot operate outside its designated area.
Members of the public can ask for help or offer animals for adoption on ARK’s social media pages but respondents must agree terms with the advertiser. ARK cannot take any responsibility for such private arrangements.
Current status of Animal Rescue Kusadasi (ARK)
The association will be run by a committee answerable to the members and will hold regular meetings and publish accounts of its finances and activities. We will be totally open, transparent and accountable, decisions will be made by consensus in a democratic manner. We hope to co-operate and collaborate with like minded organisations in the region and have joint activities.
ARK will maintain communications through this group, an association Facebook group, this web site and public meetings. We have submitted our proposed Articles of Association, in which we have listed our intended welfare and fundraising activities to the authorities. As soon as they have been recently approved we will publish them with an English translation.
Structure of our animal welfare charity
At the General Meeting on 26 May 2018 a board consisting of 10 main Board Members and 6 Officers has been elected by our members.
Membership is open to all; the officers must be approved by the members and must be resident in Turkey, the president and accountant must be Turkish citizens. Members who are not officers may be committee members.
How can you support Animal Rescue Kusadasi
You can help us by: joining the association, by making donations (money or goods), by feeding and helping street animals yourself, attending fundraising events, assisting with transport, foster care or manning the help line and spreading the word. Of course, before we can start the welfare work to a significant degree we need to raise funds.