Final Hope Animal Rescue needs to affix worldwide efforts to assist human and animal victims of the 2 devastating earthquakes that rocked Turkey and Syria the early morning hours of February sixth whereas most individuals there have been quick asleep. As this message is written on February 12, over 34,000 persons are identified to have perished with the depend persevering with to climb, and a whole bunch of hundreds extra are homeless and chilly through the useless of winter.
Final Hope considers our volunteers, supporters and adopters to be household. We’re all intently linked. Adana, Turkey, hit by the quakes, is the hometown of our Petsmart Huntington and Thrift Store volunteer Bora Garipcan. His mother and father had been asleep of their twelfth ground house in Adana when their world shook violently. They had been in a position to evacuate to their automobile through the aftershocks, and finally to a relative’s dwelling close by, however numerous others weren’t as lucky.
Bora, a bio-medical engineering researcher, and his spouse Aybüke, a biologist most cancers researcher at Chilly Spring Harbor Lab, have turn out to be deeply concerned in provide and recovery efforts by way of the Turkish Consulate in NYC. They spent two days final week on the Consulate, serving to to pack and label donations that shall be shipped totally free by Turkish Airways to onerous hit areas.
Final Hope needs to assist and is asking on your assist. We shall be sponsoring two campaigns- a week-long provide drive, and an extended financial collection to learn a number of grass roots Turkish rescue organizations- Ahbap which assists folks, together with Paw Guards and Dayanisma Hayvan Haklari Federasyonu (Solidarity Animal Rights Federation, or Haytap, for brief) which promote animal welfare and assist strays in Turkey.
Word: For each the financial and provide drives, we’ve got to be versatile as a result of, as this catastrophe unfolds, priorities change. We could change to donating from one grass roots group to a different, relying on each’s want for added funds. Additionally, the Turkish Consulate evaluates provide wants every day, relying on quantity acquired of sure classes of donations.
Provide Drive: We wish to acquire provides on the Consulate checklist till Feb. 19. There shall be a Toys for Tots field marked “For Turkey” within the Final Hope Wantagh foyer. Wanted objects will also be dropped off at our Thrift Store, 274 New York Ave, Huntington throughout open hours- Wed. by way of Sat. from 10am to 3pm. Or name 631-671-2588 with questions.
From the Turkish Consulate checklist of things desperately wanted:
No Extra Garments NOW- The Consulate Can’t Take Any Extra Winter Clothes/Chilly Climate Gear for Adults & Kids- If clothes is requested once more, articles should be New -with- Tags, or New in authentic packages due to restricted hygiene, lack of working water, no electrical energy in earthquake areas .
For Infants: circumstances of 12 child meals in jars, powdered child method, child bottles, bins of child cereal, diapers, child wipes, new child clothes.
Pet Meals- circumstances of canned -dog or cat, luggage of dry -dog or cat. Proper now pet food is the precedence.
Private Hygiene Merchandise: equivalent to toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, girls sanitary napkins, moist wipes, disinfectant, liquid hand cleaning soap, rubber gloves, masks.
Financial Donations. There shall be two donation jugs in Final Hope Wantagh and one on the Huntington Thrift Store. No checks, please. The web sites for 2 of the teams are offered too for those who would favor to make their very own bank card donation of any quantity on-line.
Ahbap ‘s mission is big by aiming (with out politics) to offer varied kinds of help to needy folks, in form and money, to strengthen folks, cooperation and solidarity, plus to guard Anatolian tradition and society by contributing to their motion into the long run with its technological prospects.
Ahbap is presently offering earthquake catastrophe aid in Turkey, and previously, ran meals pantries through the pandemic; gave flood aid; established autism inclusion facilities, opened listening to well being services; financially aided the humanities and music; granted university scholarships, administered HPV vaccines… simply to call a couple of initiatives. (ahbag.org)
Paw Guards and Haytap- In Turkish tradition, stray canines and cats are thought-about treasures quite than nuisances, and anxious residents make each effort to enhance their high quality of life on the streets. This can be an idea tough for some People to grasp. At Bogazici College in Istanbul, Bora, a professor, belongs to a faculty/scholar group that helps strays on campus. I met PhD college students on zoom at his analysis institute who’ve taken care of a household of canines for years, whereas on south campus one other initiative feeds, vets and neuters 300 roaming cats.
Each Paw Guards and Haytap are non-governmental, and had been based in Turkey to guard road animals, pet house owners and animal lovers. Presently, members are tending to hundreds of canines and cats caught up in earthquake struggling. In onerous hit Hatay, Paw Guards (PayPal at [email protected]) has three cranes with buckets to get better trapped canines and cats, and pets left in houses when their house owners had been compelled to flee with no advance warning. Movies on the Haytap Face e-book web page present groups pulling a canine by hand out from the wreckage, reuniting an proprietor along with her cat plus a canine main rescuers to his distant village the place many residents had been trapped.
The teams share the compassionate activity of stopping road animals from ravenous or struggling. Throughout regular instances, they ship and fill meals containers on the streets by way of a well-organized notification system, preserve a road animal census and recruit volunteers and sponsors. They’ve an enormous Misplaced & Discovered platform. Each search adopters, and have vans that ship in poor health or injured canines and cats to their volunteer veterinarians.
Final Hope’s 42 yr mission has at all times been to supply care and hope to essentially the most determined animals and to the individuals who love them. We labored collectively in 2022 and picked up $5,000 to donate to “Break the Chains”, the British retired navy crew working to save lots of stranded animals in harmful, war-torn Ukraine.
Final Hope actually believes we will come collectively as soon as once more to assist the quite a few, harmless human and animal victims of those horrifying earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. Bear in mind, we’re all linked.