We are an English family of 4 running a dog sanctuary in Palamut, a small Turkish village in the Mediterranean region. Our mission started in 2018 when we, Sara and Mike, met 4 street dogs in Turkey and fell in love with them – in a few months time, we gave the first big step buying a cottage in a village and, with the help of our son Josh who moved there, started fostering dogs who'd be traveling to their forever homes in Europe. After some time commuting from the UK to Turkey to help him, we decided to dive in completely to our mission and move permanently to Turkey. By the end of 2019 our house and sanctuary was finished building and our other son Joe decided to join us.
We have 7 big compounds, plus an area for quarantined dogs – besides the three houses with our own home dogs. The numbers vary, but we usually have between 40 to 80 dogs in total.
We do rescuing and fostering, working on getting our dogs adopted and sent to their forever homes throughout Europe. A lot of work, obviously, but the most fulfilling and rewarding one!
The sanctuary is located near the mountains and we are privileged to have the most gorgeous view, besides living 20 minutes away from the spectacular Patara Beach, the lovely and lively town Kalkan and 30 minutes away from the stunning Saklikent Canyon.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
This part of Turkey is full of historical places, a short drive away, and also lovely traditional villages. The local people are very welcoming and will definitely encourage you to learn their language! We have two weekly street markets around, where you can find many fruits, vegetables and traditional Turkish ingredients, besides a variety of clothes, perfume, etc.
Sara loves cooking and is always keen on making new dishes– if you like cooking, be sure to be able to explore that a lot! We often carry out some gardening and maintenance work as well, so it could be an opportunity to learn that for those who are interested.
Caring for dogs is an essential part of your visit, so experience is good but a love of animals is more important. Though we can be flexible depending on circumstances, our daily routine (which is shared among everyone) is usually:
- cleaning and feeding some of the dogs in the morning;
- a round of checking on them in the afternoon, making sure they have water;
- feeding all of them in the evening and putting them inside the depots to sleep.
There are also some extra tasks, such as taking dogs to the vets, bathing them, giving treatment to those who need it, basic cleaning in the main house, a bit of gardening or maintenance – but it will all depend on how many people we have and the overall workload, so as to make sure everyone has enough free time.
In the main house we have 2 bedrooms – each with a double bed – with private bathrooms. Everyone is welcome in our big kitchen and we provide all the food – mostly vegan/vegetarian, but other food can also be available and you are free to cook what you wish.
Though the two boys have their own cottages, we encourage everyone to come and share one meal together in the evening!
This part of Turkey is unspoiled and most Turkish families live as they have always done, with goats, sheep, chickens roaming fairly freely and living off the land. It is a place of amazing beauty, with beaches, ruins, underwater towns, harbour towns and chic shopping, so covering all bases for exploring and adventures. The local cuisine is created using locally produced fresh produce, and the vegetables taste as they should, so you will never go hungry ! The local markets are both interesting and entertaining, it is certainly worth a visit to all of them. Overall it is a beautiful warm and welcoming place.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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