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Help bring Oliver to his forever home
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I found Oliver in June this year, on my holiday to Dalyan in Turkey. He was as thin as his spine,his body was thinner than his tail, he was losing his fur and had a large ulcer on his tongue, but despite this he was loving and friendly. He ... More ...

I found Oliver in June this year, on my holiday to Dalyan in Turkey. He was as thin as his spine,his body was thinner than his tail, he was losing his fur and had a large ulcer on his tongue, but despite this he was loving and friendly. He deserved a forever home, but the cost is high, especailly as I am a pensioner on a fixed income. I needed £945 (US$1540)

This is how thin he was:

Oliver lives underneath the jetty restaurant of the hotel where I was staying, the Calypso Plus Hotel, and was relying on any scraps he could find or be given by the tourists.

Throughout my stay I fed him everything I could to help him, and yet knew that come the Autumn when the tourists left and the hotel closed he would starve again. There are many street animals in Turkey; Dalyan is lucky because there is an active animal rescue but they cannot feed all the animals in the winter, so his chances of survival were very slim. This didn't seem right for such a loving friendly cat.

I decided to bring him home to England.

Bringing any animal into the UK is difficult and expensive, and involves the animal being vaccinated for rabies and then fulfilling a four month wait before the animal is allowed into the UK.

On the last day of my stay I took him to the local vet and had him microchipped and vaccinated for rabies. The local animal rescue lady Mebrure Kuzey Blom, promised she would keep and eye on him and make sure that he had his blood test for the rabies antibodies a month later and would look after the papers for me.

The hotel staff raid they would feed him scraps. I had to say goodbye, but of course Oliver, as I named him, didn't understand that I would come back to fetch him.

When I got back to the UK I set up a Facepage for Oliver and posted it onto the local expat residents and tourist site, asking if people could pass by and feed him. The response was amazing. Oliver has become quite a tourist attraction.

You can see more photos of Oliver with some of his friends here on his Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oliver/309498525891792

To avoid the huge expense of having Oliver flown to the UK (UK regulations state that animals flown into the country must travel cargo, which is a horrendous experience, especially for cats and can cost up to £600) I was put into contact with a wonderful person who would meet me in Brussels with his car. We would then drive to Calais and over to the UK via the car train through the Chunnel. Then it was trains up to Newcastle. We will leave at 04.00 by Turkish Airlines to Istanbul and then onwards to Brussels by the same airline. Oliver will be allowed to travel with me in the cabin in his carrier. We arrive in Brussels at 10.15 and then drive to Calais and onwards from there.

Costs to bring Oliver home are as follows:

My flight out to Dalaman Airport £60.00

Overnight in hotel: £35.00

My flight back by Turkish Airline £250

Extra to take Oliver in the aircraft cabin £30

Chunnel fares and petrol (gas) £140

Trains in the UK £90

Veterinary fees for vaccinations, microchipping, processing blood tests through the Ministry of Agriculture in Turkey (European requirement) final travel paperwok and boarding in vets kennels for the last five days including pick and return to Airport in Turkey (at todays' exchange rate): £340

This makes a total of £945 (US$1540)

Any help to pay the costs of bringing Oliver to  a safe home would be really appreciated. I am a pensioner on a fixed income which just allows me one holiday each year. This is like finding the cost of an extra holiday for me,but I am sure with some help I can manage to bring him home. Any extra that I raise will be donated to the DOHAKDER (Animal Rescue) in Dalyan, Turkey, in appreciation for all the wonderful non stop work that they do to care for the animals in the town. http://www.dalyandohakder.com/

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