For The Love Of Annie

Karen Wren runs a small animal shelter in Didim, Turkey trying to save abandoned and injured street dogs along with feeding up to eighty other hungry mouthsforest dogs on the beach, at the side of the road and in the forest each and every day. Sterling work don’t you think? There are no thank yous for this type of hero, because that’s exactly what she is although I don’t think she would thank me for saying that. Often when they are no funds, she is the one who puts her hands in her pocket to buy that much-needed dog food particularly during the leaner months when the tourists have all gone home.

About a month ago their shelter was flooded leaving dogs homeless with nowhere else to take refugeflood – imagine the horror of discovering your life long work gone overnight. But fight back they did and have cobbled together with make do and mend. In addition to the daily practicalities of running the shelter with little or no facilities and driving around Didim to feed starving street dogs, Karen has to raise funds and update their Facebook page in order to let their friends around the world know howflood 3 treatment is progressing on injured and sick dogs and equally as important, post details of pups who are looking for a new home. They rely on donations for medical care, food and funds to transport some of the dogs back to the UK where they will have a chance of a better life. Amazingly, a miracle happened this week and they won a competition which will give them enough funds to buy a vehicle, which will mean that they will no longer have to rely on lifts or taxis to rescue injured or sick animals.

Very few stories touch me in the way that Annie’s and Aydin’s have. I was reading through my Facebook feed last week, with a mug of hot tea and one of my Dad’s famous banana sandwiches,annie & aydin when the poignant picture of two very young pups caught my eye. I don’t think I will ever forget that image of the two melancholy young dogs who had been so maliciously treated, cuddling up to each other for comfort. Annie had been thrown from a tractor on a busy main road with her brother who was killed by a speeding car and was found cowering over his body. Later that day Karen also collected Aydin who had again been discarded by an evil individual who had cruelly burned his ears off when he was just a matter of a few weeks old. aydin The damage was so bad there was nothing left of one ear and the other was so badly damaged, it had to be removed too. Within seconds of being put into the back of the car with Annie, frightened Aydin snuggled up to her and they have been inseparable ever since. Annie is currently quite poorly and Aydin is also receiving regular vet treatment for his injuries, all of which is being funded from a few meagre donations and Karen’s own savings. She hopes to find them a loving home together when they are well enough so that she is able to provide a safe haven for the next injured and sick pup. Many times despite the loving care, a lot of the dogs are just too poorly or have been too abused to be saved and this is when Karen and the rest of the volunteers must possess super human strength to be able to get up and do it all over again the following day, never knowing whether the next one will make it either. Cruelty to the most vulnerable is abhorrent to most of us and yet there appears to be no deterrent, so inevitably it will happen repeatedly. So tonight before I go to sleep, I will say a silent prayer of thanks for Karen and the other volunteers like her around the globe that endeavour each and every day to make the world a better place.

But for now, can I ask you do one thing for me today, as I know that we’re living in a world where we are bombarded with pleas to like this or that picture and donation requests, but how great would it be if some of you shared the Turkish Animal Group details or The Turkish Animal Group (T.A.G.)- Dog Adoptables; it won’t cost you anything, just a few seconds of your time and yet it will make a significant difference to Annie & Aydin, not to mention all the other Aydins and Annie that are still waiting for Karen to save them. What are you waiting for, go on make Annie’s day!

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120 thoughts on “For The Love Of Annie

  1. Just amazing… I will most definitely do ALL that I can to spread the word, and donate. THANK you to Karen (and to you, for relating her story), a million, billion, trillion times over, for helping those with no voice, in such dire need.

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  2. It’s so sad sad to read about Annie and Aydin. I think Karen is an angel and a hero – Thank you Karen – from the bottom of my heart.
    And thanks for sharing this post with me, Crazytraintotinkytown.

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  3. I will never understand the cruelty of some people. We find many of the same things here in Mexico and work with a free neutering and spaying clinic that was established in our area by vets from Canada. We have also rescued a street dog and brought her back to Canada. She’s wonderful.

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  4. Will def share on my FB! How horribly twisted of a person would burn a puppy? Someone should burn them. Grrr…
    I think what this lady is doing is great. Me and my neighbor feed the stray kitties around here sometimes. Sadly, there are some people who believe people like us make things worse by “encouraging” the cats (or dogs) to hang around. Sad.

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  5. It’s hard to believe that anyone could do that to ANY living creature, let alone a puppy. I’ve heard stories from soldiers in Afghanistan of the locals doing similar things to their dogs. So heartbreaking.

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  6. This is such an amazing story to hear! It really reassures me to know that there are still people who find it in their hearts to help animals like this! Thank you for the uplifting story and I will send well wishes to the dogs and hope they recover quickly!

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  7. I just don’t understand cruelty to animals – I literally don’t get it. I like to think the best of humanity whenever I can, but there must be some individuals who are just vile through-and-through. Our little cat is a rescue cat and she had been badly beaten up when she was found. Cuddling her on the sofa last night it made me very emotional to think that she will never be scared or lonely again. I’m so grateful there are people like Karen out there helping more animals escape lives of pain and fear.

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    • One of rescue cats was rescued by a fisherman as she had been tossed into the sea in a sack but it was the local rescue that nursed her back to health so I for one am glad that Karen provides the same loving care to the injured, sick and abandoned pups in Didim

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  8. I can never understand why some people not only mistreat animals, but are downright cruel to them. It’s a sick world.
    People like Karen are worth their weight in gold, but so often go unnoticed in the work they are doing to help injured and homeless animals – all out of their own pocket and welcome donations.
    I will be happy to share this on my FB page and hopefully, more people will become aware of Karen’s shelter and be able to help in some way.

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  9. What a shocking and yet heartwarming story. Karen and her helpers, like so many animal-loving volunteers around the world are so selfless, and need all the help they can get to save those helpless animals. I can’t believe how people can be so cruel, and it happens everywhere. Have shared this on FB.

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  10. There is so many fantastic people out there … working with needed animals – you had me in tears here … I wish I could take the dogs, but with me travelling so much still – not fair. I can’t for my life understand how anyone can be cruel to an animal or a child … I can’t get my head around it. If I donate through the Chip-in link with the money reach Karen.

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  11. There should be capital punishment for that kind of torture. Really, I don’t know how those perpetrators can get away scot free! Shall pass the link around Dallas. Full of admiration for Karen and you 🙂

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    • Sadly it’s all too common in Turkey which is why there’s a need for shelters like Karen’s as in all the government run ones, the dogs are just neutered and tagged and dumped back on the streets and sometimes they are dumped out in the wilds in the middle of nowhere to fend for themselves. If they’ve been abandoned, they have no hope of surviving. Thanks for sharing Madhu and as I don’t get out and do what Karen does each and every day, my part is so very minor.

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  12. What a great cause this is, the puppy with the burned off ears is what totally broke my heart, I don’t have much but will be chipping in a little as I know every bit counts. Thankyou for sharing this wonderful wonderful story! This would be a great charity to win the valentine’s day picture raffle

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  13. Thank you all so much for your kind words, The dogs mean everything to me and as long as i am on this planet i will do my very best to care for them and find them loving homes, Thank you for sharing and donating it means such a lot as things are super hard right now! Karen, Turkish animal group ❤

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    • It’s been a pleasure and furthermore probably one of the most worthwhile posts I’ve done so my thanks go out to you Karen and the rest of the amazing volunteers around the world that struggle against all odds to help and improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable

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  14. I will certainly share this with my friends on FB. I wish I could do more physically & financially to help the animals who are so cruelly treated. I have rescued several dogs and cats in the past and know how grateful they are to their rescuers and how loving they become. Thank goodness there are people like Karen in the world.

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  15. I will share it. I can’t understand how anyone could do this either. There was a case here some years ago of young men running over kittens deliberately. I guess some people aren’t properly developed.

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  16. This was so heartbreaking to read. I realize Karen is working miracles (she’s a saint!), and good things are happening, but to read the stories of these poor dogs breaks my heart. I wish I could adopt hundreds of dogs. Rich’s cousin rescues dogs, and it is so hard to read the stories and see the pictures she posts on Facebook as she pleads for foster homes and adoptions. Will say a prayer for Karen tonight.

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  17. I write this with tears in my eyes…my wife Susie and I have 5 rescues (2 dogs & 3 cats) that we shower with love and affection…they in turn show us what real love is…we will be start donating weekly to this fund…and please let us know if there is anything else we can do…much love and many blessings to you and Karen…be encouraged!

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      • Thank you…but I thank Susie and I are the ones that got lucky…just an FYI…a couple of weeks ago we heard about a dog in Louisville, KY whose owner was dying of cancer…the dog was being bordered at a local kennel by some friends of a friend…after much soul searching and an ache in our hearts that wouldn’t go away…we are now headed down this weekend to meet the dog and introduce her to our brood…please pray for the best…our Gang of 5 can take some special adjusting to get use to…be encouraged!

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  18. You’re fabulous for spreading the word on this. I’ve found ‘strays’ everywhere I’ve traveled and even brought one home. Couldn’t bring them all back, though. Got into an altercation in Cairo with a pack of boys beating a dog mom and pup. When I told them (yes, in broken Arabic) that their mothers would be ashamed of them, they laughed. One mother stood in a doorway and shrugged. Lots of working critter gonads out there and way too many stupid humans. Cruel or apathetic? It doesn’t matter, does it?

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    • Ignorance is an appalling excuse for cruelty and yet we seem to live in a world which exults in abusing the most vulnerable. Sadly, until deterrents are enforced, there will be little change. On behalf of Annie, thank you for dropping by!

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  19. Reblogged this on Random Spillages from a Reportedly Strange Mind and commented:
    Such cruelty to animals is bloody heartbreaking, BUT what we choose to put at the back of our minds is the HUMAN beings that society/us/the world MURDER for profit, and sometimes (too often) animals and children are tortured too. And starved to death! FOR crying out loud, What in the Lords name is wrong with us? 😦 and WHEN are we getting off our ass’s for a big ass WORLD IS NOT HAVING IT ANYMORE day…We need Peace but the world needs our loving STRENGTH! It could be such a beautiful world, if we all UNITED for 7 days! I’m in, who’s in there like swimwear? 🙂 Love a RANTING and always HOPEFUL Dawny Xxxx

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  20. This is utterly heartbreaking. I have shared this blog on my facebook page, and posted the links for the rescue and the facebook page. I hope they get the help they need. I have a local rescue I help out with quite often, and as much as I can (which isn’t as much as I would like), and things like this have happened to them as well (over 400 different types of animals, and they’ve faced flood, blizzards, and 2 fires)

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  21. Reblogged this on and commented:
    This blog touched my heart, and I had to reblog this. I have also shared this on my facebook page, and included the links to the rescue. I really hope we can get this spread around. Every single person can help prevent animal cruelty!

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    • I did the easy bit, it’s volunteers like Karen all over the world, that demonstrate tremendous committment where sometimes they face crippling disappointments on a day to day basis and yet they never falter – now that leaves me awed

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  24. Your a hero and a superstar in my eyes, dogs and cats and monkeys (and too many others to name) are very special to me indeed…Thankgod that Turkey has you, and the world for that matter! The dedication to helping others, is noble, necessary and bloody marvellous to boot, Good on ya Karen…Love Dawny Xxx

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