Izmir Metropolitan Municipality brings another exemplary facility to the city in Turkey. Pako Stray Animals Social Life Campus, which will be a home for 500 stray dogs at the same time, comes into service in Bornova Gökdere. The campus, which will also host abandoned pack animals, will be opened with a ceremony on Saturday at 11.00:XNUMX. Bekir Coşkun's wife, Andree Coşkun, will also attend the opening of the facility, which is named after Bekir Coşkun's dog Pako.
İzmir is getting a facility that will set an example for Turkey in the care, treatment and adoption of stray animals. Providing service with Işıkkent and Seyrek Temporary Dog shelters with a capacity of 700 dogs, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality is putting into service the Pako Stray Animals Social Life Campus, which will be a home for 500 dogs at the same time, in Bornova Gökdere. The campus, which was built with a green focus in European standards, will be opened with a ceremony on April 30, 11.00:XNUMX. Bekir Coşkun's wife, Andree Coşkun, will also attend the opening ceremony of the facility, which is named after our lost journalist Bekir Coşkun's dog Pako.
Another world is possible for all living things
Stating that they carry out work focused on animal rights, President Tunç Soyer said, “Since the day we took office, we have done important work to protect the welfare of stray animals and public health. We tripled the number of sterilized stray animals. In order to increase this number, we launched the 'Street Dogs Rehabilitation Service' in cooperation with the Izmir Chamber of Veterinarians, by signing an exemplary practice for Turkey. Now we will open the rehabilitation and adoption center for street animals at European standards. We demand a nonviolent, just and peaceful world, not only for humans, but also for our nature and all living things. I believe that these works we have put into practice for our dear friends will contribute to the development of such a culture.”
Units for puppies and different dog breeds were established in the centre, which consists of 16 shelters and 4 service buildings. The capacity of the facility, which was built on an area of approximately 37 thousand square meters, will be able to increase up to 3 thousand dogs with additional shelters. There will also be veterinary service units, prohibited breed shelters and quarantine departments where the problems of animals in need of treatment and rehabilitation will be resolved and adoption will be encouraged in the green-focused center. In the facility, which also includes an open-air amphitheater and a show area, citizens will be able to come together with dogs in a common area with the slogan of "Don't buy and own". The campus will also serve as an emergency response base for stray animals. Many complicated operations can be performed by specialist physicians here. On the campus, which draws attention with its training, workshop and activity areas, plenty of green areas have been created in order to reduce the stress of animals. The facility takes its name from Pako, the dog of journalist Bekir Coşkun, who passed away in 2020.
Draft animals abandoned on the street are not forgotten
In the center, a shelter area was established in a 4 square meter section for abandoned pack animals. With the intensive work of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Department of Science, Construction and Parks and Gardens departments, a perimeter wall was built around the area from unused ready-mixed concrete that is in the possession of the municipality. A wooden fence was built over the wall. A closed section was also built to protect the pack animals from the cold. The area was arranged and soil was laid on it.