May Newsletter

May 2019

Welcome to our May Newsletter. After a cool start, the weather ramped a notch from the middle of the Month with temperatures reaching 32c in Űzűmlű. Lovely warm days, and evenings where we can sit outside enjoying the air. For our Street Dogs and Cats they also enjoy the good weather but we need to keep an eye on them to ensure they are treated, when necessary, with Flea and Tick Medication. They might also find it difficult to find clean fresh water so please put an old yogurt pot kept filled with fresh water outside your gates.

Web Site

Our long awaited Web Site is now live,                      

Loaded with information about our Charity, how to sponsor, how to make a donation, how to foster, how to adopt and how to volunteer. Have a browse now and see what we are all about. Huge thanks to Angela Sayers for setting up and maintaining the site.

There is now a Turkish Facebook page for our Turkish Neighbours run by Basak Ademir.
Uzumlu Hayvan Bakim Dernegi

Fund Raising Events

The Cadianda Restaurant hosted a ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ fundraiser on 14 May. This was a very successful evening with around 50 guests. A delicious Wood Oven roast chicken with mushroom sauce, chips, rice and salad was served prior to the evenings entertainment. Brenda Singleton did a very creditable, if excitable, impression of Chris Tarrant. Brenda was assisted by Denise Atkins who provided the dramatic ‘Millionaire music’ and also Christine Hughes who tried her best to tempt the contestants with all kinds of goodies at each stage. The £32k question proved to be a stumbling block for many of the contestants, including yours truly! Even after ‘ask the audience’ and 50/50 I still got the wrong answer, but I did win an ACU pen. The winner who got through to answer the £1m question correctly was Phillippa Hodge and she chose a bottle of Gin as her prize. The evening raised a total 2035t from the raffle, auction, donation from Cadianda Restaurant and Entry to play the game.

Phillippa Hodge on her way to the Million. Chris Tarrant wanna be Brenda Singleton

May 25th, 70 guests enjoyed an afternoon tea in Akkent Garden Hotel followed by a fashion show courtesy of Anzua Fashions. Anzua is a partnership between Nazal Unal and Anita Asar who design unique clothes for all sizes and ages. Guests were also treated to a demonstration of the Tango and then later Latin Dance. A total of 2350tl was raised from ticket sales, raffle and an auction.

Income & Expenditure

Total Income for May from Fundraisers, Private Sponsors, Business Sponsors, Donations, 59er and the Pop Up Shop was 9915tl

Sponsorship is a very good method of fundraising for us either through private Sponsors or Business sponsors. We would like to see more sponsorship because this is a guaranteed monthly income and allows us to plan future commitments. Please have a chat with friends or family about they how they can sponsor either a dog or cat.

The Pop up Shop is in the Oceanwide Estates office opposite the Mosque and is open every Friday  from 11am till 2pm except when the Uzumlu Group have their monthly Cake & Bake Fund Raiser. You can call in to pay sponsorship or make a private donation. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for special offers, home baking and possible changes to opening times.  Shop Manager, Christine Hughes, needs to replenish the stock so if you are having a Spring Clean in your wardrobes, drawers, closets, whatever please remember to donate your unwanted items to us. Ladies and Men’s clothing, shoes, Bric-a-Brac and general household goods are always welcome.

If you wish to make a donation you can via our Turkish Bank; Deniz Bank, UZUMLU HAYVAN BAKIM DERNEGI.

IBAN No TR66 0013 4000 0162 8700 0000 01

Expenditure for May including Food for Street Animals and Veterinary charges was 7322tl. This was an underspend of 2593tl and will help our small contingency fund which we keep for emergencies. We have a 1000tl bill expected in the next month for kitten vaccinations to give them a good start in life. There has been a need to reduce our monthly expenditure and measures have been taken. We are also working towards increasing sponsorships, both Private and Business. Inflation is taking it’s inevitable toll on the cost of food and medication and we just cannot afford to stand still. There has been yet another increase in the cost of food this month

Our average expenditure for food is 4000TL per month. Food is distributed to a large number of wonderful volunteers most of whom also supplement with their own supplies.

20 visits were made to the Veterinary clinics of Serkan Tarim, Kent Vet and En-Pati during May.

We do not incur any charges for neutering. Neutering is done by Emre, the Shelter Vet, free of charge. However if the Vet is unavailable we can use one of our contracted private vets and the costs are borne by HANDS to whom we are very grateful.

Sometimes it is not possible for our volunteers to provide the level of care that some Street dogs need due to illnesses such as skin problems. We are pleased to say that Hunters in Ovacik provide very reasonable respite care when we are unable to administer medication on a regular basis. We are very grateful to Hayley and Hakan for providing such wonderful care and preparing dogs for re-homing

Neutering Stats


We now have a weekly FRIDAY slot at the shelter for neutering up to 4 cats.
We also have a fortnightly arrangement for dogs on a Monday. Thanks to Tony Pipe for transporting dogs in his trailer

Neutering is on going and not something any one person or a handful of people can be solely responsible for. If anyone sees a street cat and its ear isn’t clipped and the cat is easy to handle please take to the shelter for neutering.

Emre, the Shelter Vet, has always said boys any time but, just when possible, keep to appointments for girls.

With regards to the ‘tricky customers’ there are 2 traps as well as protection gloves that can be made available.

Neutering runs are ongoing so if every one could try to help out with this sometimes it really will make such a big difference.

Claire Ganioglu will be happy to keep the cats overnight post neutering and take back to their feeding area the following day.

Dogs can be taken to the Secret Garden (SG) for overnight recovery from ops.

CATS May, 5 neutered, 2 of which were in early stages of pregnancy. 1 adoption, Boncuk, who was found at the roadside with a head injury

DOGS May, 3 neutered, 1 dog is receiving contraception treatment and cannot be neutered due to a serious heart condition.

Currently we have 50 dogs on the Street in Uzumlu and surrounding areas which also includes 12 at the Dog Park.

Re-homed or Fostered Cats

Currently there are 150+ cats in Üzümlü and surrounding areas including 11 at the Park.

Sandy, A distemper virus survivor has a very compromised immune system and is in long term foster care awaiting a forever home. Larry will be on his way to Germany soon. Mario is also in long term foster care after being very ill and needing in-patient care at Serkan Tarim Vet for 2 months. He has now recovered and needs a loving home.

ACU Business Sponsors

We currently have 16 Business Sponsors providing a regular monthly income to support ACU. We hope to add to these over the coming months. Our sponsors are;

The Winehouse Üzümlü                                              Living in Fethiye

Mr Home Fix                                                                  Mustafan Builders

Lie Detectors UK                                                           Pinar Urav Mama Pet Shop

Cadianda Restaurant                                                   Park Alya Restaurant

Anzua Fashion House                                                   Grape Garden Bar/Restaurant

Eddys Place                                                                     Angel Sew Sweet

Rustic Village Homes                                                      Umit Kasim Connections

Sumak Restaurant                                                          Akif Kocabiyik Ata 9 Boat

Forthcoming Events For June

11 June, Quiz at the Grape Garden hosted by Keith Edwards

2019 Longer Term events

Please be aware that whilst we will endeavour to keep to these dates and events they are subject to change.

June 11 – Quiz, venue, Wine House. Hosted by Keith Edwards

July 6 – Turtle trip and beach afternoon. Hosted by Tina Kosuch
July 16 – Quiz, games Night, Venue, Eddys. Hosted by Ian Tait
July 25 – Country & Western, Venue, Park Alya. Hosted Denise Atkins

August 3 – Boat trip and disco. Hosted by Tina Kosuch
August 24 – Quiz TBA

September – Quiz, Date & Venue TBA. Hosted by Keith Edwards
September 7 – Soul Train, Venue TBA
September 22 – ACU Open Day. Venue TBA. Hosted by Hayal

October 15 – Quiz, Games Night,  Venue Grape Garden, Games Night. Hosted by TBA
October 13 – Halloween, Venue, Uzumlu Winehouse. Hosted by Brenda & Denise

November  12 – Quiz, Venue, TBA & Host TBA
November – Fashion show, Date TBA – Akkent hotel, Hosted by Brenda Singleton

December 7 – Christmas Fair, Venue, Cadianda Restaurant. Hosted by Christine Hughes
December 20 – Xmas games night, Venue, Winehouse. Hosted by Denise Atkins

Meet our Sponsors

This months featured sponsor is Sumak Cafe

Address; Yeşilűzűmlű Mah, Ataturk (Yeni) Cad, No 102 Fethiye,/Muĝla

Reservations; (closed on Mondays)

Mobile; 0532 6622802



Sumak Cafe is situated in Űzűmlű, on the right after the Belediye Offices and before the Village Centre. Sumak is owned by Bee and Mehmet who have been married for 18 years. Bee is originally from Bangor, Northern Ireland and Mehmet is from Adiyaman, South East Turkey. Bee is a very proficient self taught Chef and has attended food related Health & Safety courses in the UK. She keeps herself up to date with the latest food trends. Sumak Cafe is Bee and Mehmet’s first venture into the restaurant trade having previously been in business owning a Building Company in Űzűmlű.

The cuisine is a fusion of traditional Turkish with a Mediterranean influence. A typical item on the menu is a twist on the Turkish Iskender Kebap, which is made with slices of fillet steak on a home made bread base and home made tomato sauce. The restaurant has been open for about 12 months and is gaining a reputation for excellent quality food using local produce and freshly cooked to order on the day. The menu changes weekly so there is always something new to try. A take away service is available for Italian Pizza.Open for lunch and dinner, the intimate surroundings add to the ambiance of the restaurant which can cater for up to 16 people. Bee can organise special themed evenings such as Italian, Greek etc. Special events such as Birthdays, Anniversaries etc can be tailored to your specific food choices. You can also request special dishes but notice will be required. Average cost for a 3 course dinner is 100-120tl pp. Booking is a must as the restaurant is very popular with both local visitors and those from outside the Village.

Bee and Mehmet will give you a warm welcome to their beautiful Restaurant which is big on providing a personal service and is a refreshing change from the usual style of Turkish Restaurant. 

A word about our volunteers 

We have a wonderful group of 40 active volunteers that go out in all weather conditions to ensure the Street Animals and those resident in the Cat and Dog Parks are fed and monitored daily. Without these guys and girls we would never be able to support our Street Animals and give them a better living environment. We offer a very warm welcome to any new volunteers, so please, if you can spare a couple of hours a week contact us for more details.


Street Dogs

This is Bella, she is well known around the village and prefers to spend much of her time at Cadianda Restaurant but can also sometimes be found at Park Alya Restaurant. She seems to be quite happy wherever she is and does sleep at night in owner of Cadianda Restaurant, Musti’s garden.

There are a number of Dogs and Cats needing sponsors, Bella is one of the lucky ones, she has support from the local community who feed her and ensure she stays healthy. Others are not so lucky and rely on sponsors to support them. If you are not already sponsoring a dog or cat, please consider the difference you can make for 30tl/month or £5/month  

Longer term aims

Our long term projects for 2019 are to encourage a neutering program for Animal Owners in Üzümlü. We will also encourage more residents to provide food and water for the street animals and will erect signage to support both these initiatives. The Charity will try to hold hold more inclusive fund raising events to attract more multicultural support. We also want to increase the number of Business and Private sponsors.

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