Providing Homes, Care and Kindness to the Unwanted, Abused, Injured and Starving Cats and Dogs of Avsallar, Turkey

What you need to know...

In the seaside town of Avsallar, near the Turkish city of Alanya, the first thing you see is the seafront, saturated with large hotels devoted to all-inclusive holidays to countless tourists every year. In the shadow of these massive complexes between sea and expressway is a town whose activities focus on serving the tourism industry, mostly in the summer - the winter turns Avsallar into a bit of a ghost town.

Among all the concrete and the brutally uneven pressure of seasonal business live over 350 street cats and dogs with no home, no safe territory, no regular source of nourishment and no protection from the local authorities and community.

Abandoned to themselves, these street animals are constantly struggling to survive and live a normal life amid constant threats: traffic collisions, cruelty and violent "pest management" from some locals (especially around tourist hotspots such as hotels), physical abuse and exploitation (for profit and the entertainment of tourists) disease, lack of population control leading to injuries, stress and dire lack of food etc.

For the past nine years, volunteer Manuela Wroblewski (pictured above), previously a successful actress from Berlin, has been devoting every single day and every ounce of her resources to feeding, neutering and finding good homes for these cats and dogs. About 500 have already been adopted and over 400 neutered and brought back to their territories.
The work of caring for the cats is so stressful and demanding that Manuela’s health has been severely affected. She needs to return to Germany for help. A local cat lover, Serpil Uysal has taken over part of the work for a while, but she is disabled, and the work is proving difficult for her. One replacement for Manu, Selda Doruk (see photo on the right), has been found. She has a car, and will continue this life-saving work. Over time Manu has found support from animal lovers and rescue experts around the world, all working towards helping Manuela ensure the sustainable welfare of these animals through our group of volunteers.

Welcome to the website of this group. What do we do?

We volunteer alongside Manuela in Avsallar for a few days or weeks at a time to feed, provide care for and neuter animals.

We help coordinate adoptions, we foster, sponsor or adopt cats or dogs. 

We find homes, help with transport to good homes and funds to feed, neuter and look after these cats and dogs.

We reach out to others to increase awareness of Manuela's wonderful rescue efforts and find more support to help her solve this emergency.

What are our objectives?

We intend to neuter virtually all of the street animals under Manuela's care, as we believe this is the only way to limit these animals' vulnerability and avoid further misery.

We strive to find homes for as many of the friendly animals of Avsallar as possible and to ensure they are able to meet the requirements of their destination country in terms of health checks and veterinary procedures.We understand some more feral animals are happiest being left in their outdoor environment, but we do endeavour to neuter them so as to avoid creating more pressure on these cats and dogs' already very limited territory and resources.

We help Manuela look after the cats and dogs on a daily basis and do our best to ensure their welfare both on the short and long terms.

This website is dedicated to you, the animal lover who would like to support animals in distress by:

- helping on the ground

- donating funds to help feed and neuter the animals

- adopting, fostering or helping to transport a cat or dog to the country where their forever home awaits them

- sharing information about us and reaching out to potential adopters, fosters, volunteers or supporters around yourself

- keeping up to date with the latest good news and happy endings!

You will find more details on how to proceed by exploring this website. We are entirely at your disposal to help you help Manuela and the animals!

Fundraising campaigns

We are totally dependent on your donations to continue helping the cats and dogs of Avsallar. There are various ways to help, donations, auctions, items for sale, raffles, etc.

See the ATIA Support Group:

There are both ongoing and special project fundraisers.

There is a big special project (GUS O’Malley’s DREAM) on now, which will be a big help to the strays of Avsallar: Dr. Osman has set up a sanctuary. The work has already started, but a good deal of money is needed to finish it, about €20,000. A cat-proof fence is needed for around the whole property. Several buildings for indoor shelter, and attached fenced enclosures, are needed for isolation - e.g. FIV and FeLV infected cats; mothers and kittens; and to quarantine any other cats with illnesses. Here is a video of the planned shelter:

The shelter is populated now by a limited number of cats and dogs, see the photos and videos at Many more cats need to be moved to the new sanctuary. The animals alreadyin the sanctuary also need medical care, food, litter, and general care taking. We need your help more than ever. It is a race against time. Too many have died on the mean streets of Avsallar while waiting for safety. So please please please help us to make this dream a reality. We thank you in the name of all the voiceless strays who depend on us. Strays like Gus and Pablo and Pasha who will look down on their friends enjoying what they never had. There are several ways to donate:

- to Meher Toorkey at Mtoorkey@gmail

- for US donors who want a tax receipt, go through the Harmony Fund at

- for funds in Euros please send to Johanna Walter
Say 'Gus O'Malley sanctuary' in notes.

There is also now a German version of the Gus O'Malley's Dream page:

- for Canadian members, please use

We always need help to FLY OUR FURRIES to their new homes. The sooner cats who have a home to go to have their fees paid, the sooner Dr. Osman İncekara can start their paper work and they can leave. Once they are on their way, they will also free up valuable clinic space, which will help rescue more cats.

There are always several cats who need their fees paid for their trips to the North America or Europe. To help out, please see

We need payment for their flight costs from Alanya to Istanbul, and then from Istanbul to their destinations.

Please send all funds to, or
Friends and family option please or PayPal takes a huge commission. Say Flight in the notes.


There are always more dogs who need homes and often medical help.

For details see ATIA - Virtual Adoption for Dogs:

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Before all else, the animals have to be fed. Manuela, Selda and Serpil cover a long regular route of about 15 miles. In addition, there are several local people who ask for food to feed the cats in their areas. Each food sack costs 21 euros. Serpil Uysal needs 5 food sacks besides the one for herself.
Three for the nice gardener in the difficult complex, and 2 more for the Yeni complex. To help, please send funds to
Say Serpil in notes please.
Thank you.

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neutering campaign

With the help of the Bremen's Animal Clinic team, wevolunteers are constantly focusing on neutering as many cats and dogs as possible to give all the local street animals a better future. Find out how you can help us!

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