SANCTUARY

Nestled in the woods of the idyllic Boğaziçi University campus in Istanbul, Turkey, sixty-six dogs are fed, housed and lovingly cared for. Defne Arsoy and Ahmet Çolak manage the facility under the auspices of the university's Wildlife Conservation Commission. Tentative plans for an upgrade of the facility reflect the university's understanding that stray animals are part of the community and it is in everyone's best interest when they are healthy and treated with compassion, respect and kindness.

Foster Family Program 

 

Our sanctuary provides shelter, food and health care for sixty-six lovable dogs. It is ideal for people who love dogs, but can’t have one at home. Program  offers a unique opportunity to foster a BUPAWS dog through a financial commitment to the sanctuary.  A 2.400TL yearly contribution or 200TL monthly contribution provides food, shelter and medical care.  Family members can visit as often as their schedule allows.  Our KAP families our located throughout the Istanbul area throughout the world.
Would you like to help support them?

Who can become a foster family

Our sanctuary provides shelter, food and health care for sixty-six lovable dogs. Whether you are individual, a group of friends of colleagues, or an institution, this program offers an ideal opportunity to people who would like to have a dog, but cannot keep one at home; families who are considering adopting a pet and want to spend finding the perfect match; parents who wish to instil in their children a love for animals and sense of responsibility; or residents who simply want to improve their community by contributing to the health and well-being of stray animals.

How foster families involved

As a Foster Family, you will make a monthly donation of 200 TL per month for the dog of your choice.  If you are unable to visit the dogs in person, one can be selected for you, but you are invited to the sanctuary to meet them all and select the one that is right for you.  Once you are comfortable with each other, you can walk your dog or groom its fur and shower it with love and attention. Some of our Foster Families are unable to visit the sanctuary, some do not even live in Turkey, but with your donation, you can still join the program and make a significant contribution to the well-being of your dog.  You will receive regular updates on your dog’s condition, progress, and current events at the sanctuary.  Your name will be engraved on a plaque to be mounted on your dog’s kennel, and published in the monthly BÜMED magazine, along with photos of you with your dog, with your permission.

How to be a foster family?

By pushing the CONTACT button below to get in touch with our Foster Family Coordinator, Defne Arsoy, and by clicking the DONATE button for instructions on how to make a donation of 200 TL per month paid to the Boğaziçi University Foundation's Foster Family Program for BU Paws. Please understand that we cannot accept cash donations under any circumstances.  There are tax advantages available for institutional donations to our non-profit foundation.

List of Foster Families

Our sanctuary provides shelter, food and health care for sixty-six lovable dogs. Whether you are individual, a group of friends of colleagues, or an institution, this program offers an ideal opportunity to people who would like to have a dog, but cannot keep one at home; families who are considering adopting a pet and want to spend finding the perfect match; parents who wish to instil in their children a love for animals and sense of responsibility; or residents who simply want to improve their community by contributing to the health and well-being of stray animals.

Foster Family Dogs
Zuhal Kaplan Paşa
Ayça Erkol Ayı
Bahar Burcu Karakaya Kadife
Emine Fişek To be announced
Hadi Özbal Cansu
Metin Arık Paşa
Bülent Özsoy To be announced
A. Sumru Özsoy Maço
Aslıhan Albostan Coco
Bülent Özsoy To be announced
Evren Yıldırım To be announced
İsmet Mina Karman To be announced
Mustafa Karakaya Dede the White
Özlem Öğüt Yazıcıoğlu Cemil
Rabia Lale Baykal Cadı
Syeda Arzu Wasti To be announced
Zeynep Kutsal To be announced
Pelin Urgancılar Düşük Kulak
Efe Demir - Ekin Özel Alexandra
Gülcan Erçetin Karabaş
Mina Karman Dilek
Sidni Karavil Canım
Zeynep Çakar - Simge Öztemel To be announced
Bülent Öztemel - Simge Öztemel To be announced
Kaplan Family Kurdum

Donations 

For online donations,  please visit:   www.hayatsociety.org

 

In the explanation part of Bank Transfer indicate "KORUYUCU AİLE PROGRAMI"

 
Donating in Honor of Another

Instead of buying a dog as a gift for a birthday, graduation or other special occasion, consider giving a donation in the name of the friend or loved one, whom you want to honor. This can be a one-time donation or a regular contribution to the Foster Family Program.  What a lovely gift it is to know that a donation in your name is supporting the well-being of a dog and helping solve the problem of animal homelessness.

 
Giving in Memory of Loved Ones

A number of our donors and Foster Families give in the name of animal-loving friends and relatives who have passed away to honor their memory.  Among these is Ataman Arsoy, whose life-time devotion to rescue animals was central to the upbringing of our volunteer coordinator, Defne Arsoy.  His compassion for animals and influence on his daughter are at the heart of BU Paws and the Foster Family Program. 

 
Workplace Donations

Many businesses participate in charitable activities to improve the community. Donating through your office is a great way to give. There are tax advantages available for institutional donations to our non-profit foundation.  Talk to the Social Responsibility officer at work about including BU Paws in giving campaigns. If your office is not set up to do this, another option is for a group of interested colleagues to join together and pool funds to form a Foster Family for a dog.

ORGANIZATION

STAFF

Defne Arsoy

Volunteer Coordinator, Founder of KAP

Ahmet Çolak

Volunteer Assistant Coordinator

VOLUNTEERS

Are you a dog lover whose heart is broken by the sight of homeless animals on the streets?

Do you want to make your community a happier, safer place by taking care of the strays?

Are you someone who wants a dog, but cannnot keep one at home?

BU Paws Dog Sanctuary is a good place for you!

Our animals are fed and cared for, what they need most from volunteers is individual attention and affection.  Socialization is essential for harmonious co-existence with human beings and a good relationship with the community.   Volunteers have given their talents and time to train, bathe and walk the dogs, clean the facilities, pick up trash, create dog spaces, prune bramble, and install fencing.  They accompany dogs to veterinary appointments and help with physical therapy exercises.  They organize fund raising and goods collections, recruit donors and more volunteers. They create material for canine environment enrichment and devise brain work activities to stimulate the dogs' minds. They manage bi-lingual social media, build up our photo archive, design our website, calendars, and public relations materials. Tremendous changes have taken place at BU Paws over the last two years in no small part thanks to the contributions of animal-loving volunteers.

Enis Simsar

Terri Rogers

Zuhal Kaplan Arık

Berke Bora Mutafoğlu

İpek Eyüpoğlu

Evren Korkmazgil

Hazal Haydar

Didem Uygun

Halil Güzel

Eyüp Şamil Çetinkaya

ADOPT A DOG

If you spend time with our dogs as a volunteer or Foster Family, you may find yourself becoming very attached to one that you'll want to bring home. By adopting a stray dog, you will help reduce animal homelessness and win the heart and eternal loyalty of one of the best friends you'll ever have.  

All of our dogs have been registered, microchipped, vaccinated against rabies, and have been issued health passports. All females and the majority of males have been neutered. Many of them already respond to voice commands, but all are intelligent animals that want to please and can be trained.

NGO - Hayat Society

Hayat Society is a non-govermental organisation. It's main purpose is to protect and support the nature at Boğaziçi University campuses and its envirement.The members of this NGO is Boğaziçi University akademicians.

Donors

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