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Adana Buyuksehir Belediyesi DOHAYKO Hayvan Barinagi, for short – DOHAYKO Animal Shelter, is located very close to Cukurova University in Balcali. The shelter is open every day, 24 hours, and they accept visitors between 10:00 and 17:00. They house and care for approximately 800 cats and dogs. There are almost 100 workers who work by shift within the shelter and outside the shelter. They also care for as many street and injured animals as they can.
The shelter’s income is provided by the municipality. However, the more people (like us) that donate to the shelter, the more they can provide help for the animals; especially the street animals which are quite a problem in Turkey. The shelter accepts just about any donations that wish to be made, such as:
- Cat or Dog Food
- Bedding (sheets, blankets, cushions, mattresses, comforters, pillows, or any other textile)
- Latex gloves
The animals are divided into different categories and fenced areas such as sick, young (and not neutered), disabled, mothers, quarantined, etc. For safety reasons, visitors are not allowed to go into the fenced-in areas that house the animals; however, you can see and interact with some of the animals through the fences.
Visitors help support the shelter’s mission and encourage the workers to keep the shelter clean and healthy for the animals. I hope you consider visiting, adopting a new family member, or donating to this shelter! Together we can make a difference for these animals.
DOHAYKO Animal Shelter
Manager: Vet. Ali Yakan
(Vet. Ramazan Ozdemir speaks English and is available on weekdays)
Phone: 0322 338 6225
Parking: The shelter is located on a dead-end street; therefore parking is not a problem.
GPS Coordinates: Latitude 37.05972 Longitude 35.37549
Driving Directions: map (see picture at left for turn-by-turn directions)
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