Haykod Animal Protection Society
The aim of HAYKOD is to Discourage the municipalities against the mass killing of the stray animals for the sake of animal control, and encouragement for the implementation of the projects based on sterilization/vaccination/let live methods instead. Prevention of unethical experiments on animals. Preparation of a comprehensive proposal of a humane Law of Animal Rights and its submission to the parliament. Organization of free sterilization campaigns. Coordination against the needless cruelty of animal sacrifice as a tradition based on the primitive beliefs in Turkey.
Organization of educational seminars and workshops in primary schools with the themes of affection for animals and animal welfare issues in order to develop sympathy and respect for animals among children. Adoption campaigns for the abandoned animals, including the pets abandoned at the end of the holiday season especially in the coastal areas. Provision of necessary sustenance, rescue , medical treatment, spay/neuter, vaccination and rehabilitation for thousands of stray and abandoned, tortured and sick animals, including wildlife. The association strives hard to a unique model for other shelters in Turkey -including municipal shelters- to provide stray, disabled and old animals with a place where they can happily live out there lives in peace. HAYKOD shelter currently cares for 350 dogs, 150 cats, a bear, a horse and a gray parrot. Previous inhabitants included a donkey, two falcons, an owl, ducks, rabbits and tortoises.