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He loves stray animals very much, tries to feed them as much as possible, we are very upset if something happens to them. However, if we follow the conscientious and legal rules, we can live happily with them. Animal volunteers were reminded of these rules.

Stray animals are our vulnerable point. We don’t even want to damage their feathers. Nevertheless, dozens of animals are abandoned on the streets and parks every day because they ’take care of themselves anyway’. On the one hand, shelters are filling up. However, only 189 of our 1,389 municipalities have animal hospices. How can we build a common life together with animals on the streets? How should a good shelter be? We have been asking these questions to people who have been interested in these issues for many years…


We call animal rehabilitation centers (also referred to as ‘temporary hospice’ in the law) ‘shelter’ as a habit of old times. But these are not places where animals live; they are rehabilitation centers where they are neutered and vaccinated, treated if necessary, and then left where they are taken according to the law. So let’s call this place a hospice for short.

When creating a hospice, municipalities must meet the requirements established by law on the physical structure and functioning of these places. Such as the operating room, quarantine, post-operation departments… We do not approve of the huge structures that municipalities give millions of pounds to iron and concrete. These structures do not correspond to the ethologies of animals. We support smaller-scale sterilization and treatment centers where animals will remain in natural conditions.

A good hospice should employ veterinarians and staff who love animals and treat them as ‘can’. The staff must be conscientious and compassionate.

After all the ways have been tried when collecting animals, an anesthetic agent should be resorted to.


We have been living with street animals on this land for centuries. We also receive very positive feedback from foreigners who come to our country. Even documentaries are being made. All this aside, there is also a segment of people who are annoyed and complain about stray animals.

We have narrowed down the habitat of animals. It’s not the animals that reproduce by their nature that are to blame, or the conscientious animal lovers who try to keep them alive. There are 1,200 municipalities that do not carry out sterilization by not applying the law and do not prevent reproduction. The complainants should ask the municipalities, not the street animals and animal lovers, to account for this. Turkish Animal Law No. 7332, which was issued in July 2021, obliged municipalities with a population exceeding 25 thousand to establish a sterilization center.

Over the past 10 years, sensitivity to stray animals has increased significantly. The share of animal lovers and non-governmental organizations who fight for the right to life of these animals with superhuman effort and try to keep them alive is great in this. In order to live in harmony with animals, in fact, the thing is very simple to do: not to forget that the streets are the habitat of not only people, but also other living beings.


Any place where open spaces (parks, beaches) or closed spaces (shelters, clinics) are collectively experienced means ‘death’ for healthy animals. Eating and drinking from the same container, breathing the same air in a narrow space means that viruses spread and animals get sick within 3 weeks.

We can feed, neuter the living beings on the street and leave them in the area where they live again. The areas they know for animals are their home. Changing their location means that they are stressed and their immunity decreases.

There are no measures that people do not take to protect themselves from COVID-19 anymore. Don’t they have the right to live when it comes to animals? Forcing them to live together means slaughtering them. The most correct decision to be made for animals is to ensure that they live their lives by natural selection without mass slaughter. Because most stray animals, with exceptions, can live a maximum of 1-2 years.


Ensuring conditions in accordance with internationally accepted ‘animal welfare’ norms should be a priority goal. In this context, what needs to be done is as follows: hygienic, comfortable sections with sufficient size, heat insulation. Elimination of external factors that can cause fear, stress and physical injuries. Ensuring the organizational structure in which he will not experience hunger, thirst and nutritional disorders…

The common life instinct of all living things is to feed, shelter and continue its generation. It is up to us humans to help stray animals that have lost their natural habitat in these three matters. We need to provide them with food, places to shelter in cold weather.

With the new law changes, it has become mandatory to wear microchips on animals. This system will have great advantages in terms of identification, medical resume, sterilization and regional control. Relevant institutions should be assisted to quickly become operational.

It should also be remembered that there are no aggressive pets. There are animals that have been tormented, frightened, trained according to the ego of their owners, led astray. The golden rule of living with them is only love…

In the countries of the European Union there are animal shelters owned by both local authorities and volunteers. In the United States, there are shelters based on both local governments and volunteerism, although they differ by state.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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