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Our Annual Christmas Bazaar last Saturday recorded takings of an amazing 30,000TL. It was enjoyed by over five hundred people and the festive atmosphere was amazing.
The venue at Pia Bella Hotel worked wonderfully with many of the staff joining in the fun and our very own DJ Yuliyan organising the music. The volunteers who manned the stalls worked their socks off on the day and before hand to get everything prepared and priced. A huge thank you to them all.
The raffle was a sell out and the winner of the First prize of a Return flight ticket to and from Ercan to Stansted airports very kindly donated by Cyprus Paradise Holidays was won by Sandra Austen (Tkt No. 699). The second prize, 500TL of shopping vouchers kindly donated by Lemar Supermarket was won by Niyazi of Petline Vet clinic (Tkt No. 586). The Third prize of a Luxury Christmas Hamper was won by Janice Harper (Tkt No 809). A full list of the 32 winners is available at the KAR office and all the happy winners have been notified. A big thank you goes to all those that very kindly donated prizes and made the raffle such a great success.
Four of the seven dogs brought to the Bazaar looking beautiful in their lovely yellow 'I need a home' coats were offered forever homes. We wish Grace, Fleur, Fauna and the famous Hamish lots of best wishes for a very special Christmas in their new homes.
A big thank you to all those attended, spent their money and supported KAR’s work with the stray and abandoned animals.






 The dog show attracted a magnificent 184 entries (73 more than in 2016) and many went away with a beautiful rosette. all had a certificate some and great prizes. It was a very happy, lovely atmosphere with people and dogs enjoying the special event.

We would like to thank all of our fantastic sponsors: Alpet, Petline Veterinary clinic, Credit West Bank, Comfy Pet Shop, Petstop, Selpa Trading and Girne Belediyre. We also would like to thank those that donated towards the refreshments, TFR, Gul Pastanasi, Ali Tektan and friends.

 We would also like to thank our judge Lesley Dent who had a very difficult job in selecting the winners, there were so many beautiful dogs that she wanted to give prizes to.

The money raised of 4,790 TL will be going towards purchasing medicines, veterinary and parasite treatments for the many dogs and cats currently in our care.

We would like to thank everyone that joined in our anniversary event, the wonderful people that helped on the day and all our wonderful supporters who made this event special.

A selection of photos, and the results, can be seen on our Gallery page.

K.A.R. ANNUAL DOG SHOW - 30TH APRIL 2017. Starts 10.30 am.

Place: Wednesday Market Site next to Baris Park Kyrenia. To enter your pooch into one of our classes is just 5tl. Entries will be taken from 10.00 am

Classes: Handsomest Dog (male), Prettiest bitch (female), Golden Oldie (over 7 years old), Child + four-legged friend (child and dog), Dog with the waggiest tail, Dog in the best condition.

Best Street rescue, Best KAR dog (dog re-homed from KAR), Happy Families (multiple dogs living together) and finally Friendliest Dog.
There will also be a special Anniversary Class to celebrate KARs 20th Anniversary.

There will be Facepainting, Book sales, DVD sales, Plant sales, Refreshments plus much more. Come on down and enjoy the fun with or without a dog !



Although the sun shone it was a cold and windy day when KAR held its 17th annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday December 5th.

Despite the weather the crowds poured into The Teachers Hotel and dug deep into their pockets to purchase the items on sale or try to win prizes.

Bric-a-brac, toys and games, handbags, jewellery, toiletries, linens, Xmas decorations & wreaths, cakes, mince pies, pet products and gifts all just flew out the door. The Tombola table soon emptied of prizes and tickets for the Grand draw sold like hot cakes. Mulled wine helped warm folk up and children visited Santa Claus in his grotto. Xmas dinners for the Rescue Centre cats and dogs were sponsored and some of the Centre dogs attended hoping to find a new home.

At the end of the day a new record breaking total of 25,040TL was the incredible amount taken.

Just over 50 wonderful KAR volunteers worked to set everything up and manned the stalls.

Our most heartfelt thanks go to each of them, all the local businesses who donated prizes, the cake bakers, the  staff at Teachers Hotel and of course the public for attending and making the day such a great success.

Many of the winners of the Grand Draw prizes were present at the event, nearly all others have been notified. A list of the winning numbers is available at the KAR office.

We would like to give a big thank you to the following people for their very kind donation of prizes for our Christmas Raffle.

Cyprus Paradise Holidays

Ankara Travel

Highline Airtours

Ozzy’s Taxi


Calamari Restaurant, Lapta

Amphora Dive Centre

The Chinese House, Kyrenia

The Liatsos family

The House & Garden Restaurant, Girne

Bollywood Restaurant, Ozankoy

The Almond Hotel, Alsancak

Veni Vici Restaurant, Lapta

The Lodge Restaurant, Catalkoy

Rafters Restaurant, Ozankoy



This lovely puppy was 1 of 2 sisters who were homed following their visit to the Bazaar - it will certainly be a Merry Christmas for them.

You can see more of the photos from the Bazaar in our Bazaar Photo Gallery




A full lengthy and comprehensive report of activities throughout 2014 was read out by Margaret Ray. This included data of dogs and cats neutered 426 dogs and 707 cats, re-homed 125 dogs and 18 cats, neutered, tagged and returned 126 dogs, animals handled over 1,777, over 2,000 helpline calls and over 1020 visitors to the rescue centre. The number of dogs and puppies in our care at the end of 2014 was the highest recorded of 379 a rise of 106 on the previous year. The cause of this rise and its subsequent effects was highlighted in the report. The rescue centre improvements, expansions, staffing, animal care and problems arising was reported. Number of members, animals sponsored and reports from the organizers of our Charity Shops, Education team, Cat Catching team, Pet Travel department, and fundraising was included. Details of meetings, conferences and talks with other animal welfare associations and personnel worldwide was mentioned.

Margaret gave thanks to the Executive Committee, to all staff, volunteers, friends and supporters.


Ann Bosley stated that she was presenting the Treasurer’s report audited by our accountant Mr Sezinler.

For the first time in many years our expenditure exceeded our income.

The expenditure figure for 2014 was 638,710.35TL. (£177,612)

The income figure for 2014 was 631,070.26TL       (£175,487)

Cash transferred from our bank deposit account was 7640.09TL

The total held in cash and bank accounts as at 31.12.2014 was 137,457.54TL

Ann Bosley explained the breakdown of the Income and Expenditure under the headings listed in the accounts and the comparisons over the previous years.

The audited financial statement will be entered into the KAR records.


The election 5 members of the executive committee took place and the following positions were elected for the year 2015/2016

Chairperson –               Margaret Ray

Treasurer     -  Ann Bosley

Secretary     -               Gwen Cassell

Active Member -          Diana Peek

Active Member -          Maggie Smith


A copy of the minutes of this meeting was sent out to all members.

Bellepais Concert 2015


A Concert titled ‘3 Ladies in Concert’ held at Bellapais Abbey on Tuesday May 26th helped to boost the funds of Kyrenia Animal Rescue to the tune of 6,470TL.

A warm early summer evening was perfect for the audience of 186 people to relax and listen to the very talented performers – pianiast Demet Alken, soprano Ayse Guler Akin and flautist Isil Akguc ( accompanied by Olcan Saldun on piano) – who had kindly proposed the event and had donated their services.

Animal lover Demet Alkan was the driving force behind the event which was the forth one proposed by her.

KAR are greatly indebted to people like and her friends for their supprt and work to help raise money for the charity.

Many thanks are also given to Girne Beledyre,Selpa Trading, Tony Woods, Daniel Todd and all the volunteers who assisted at the event.


Ann Bosley

Concert Organizer



Tuesday January 13th was a cold and dreary day at Shayna Beach Catalkoy but people were gathering with smiles on their faces. It was the day that the monies raised by the Catalkoy Christmas Charity swim would be handed over to the 3 chosen Charities – Kyrenia Animal Rescue, Karakum Special Needs School and Tulips. Only the organisers knew the total amount collected – but all would be revealed at the presentation.

Representatives were present from all 3 Charities as well as some of the swimmers, supporters and organisers of the swim .

Graham Fursman gave a short speech , on behalf of Barbara Fursman, thanking everyone involved , both on the frontline and behind the scenes - with special thanks to Kim Betts who worked tirelessly writing articles promoting the event and drumming up support, , with the swim – then came the moment the final amount was announced ......................... 13,080. 00 TL (Thirteen thousand and eighty TL).


What a fantastic result – individual cheques for 4360.00 TL were presented to each Charity representative – who were delighted and very grateful to have been chosen to benefit from the swim.

What a lovely start to the New Year for 3 very needy and worthwhile causes .Well done and thank you to everyone involved.

It certainly was a case of Splish Splash bringing in the Cash !



It was a great turn out on Xmas morning for the Catalkoy Christmas Charity swim despite the gloomy cold weather and icy slate grey sea.

 There was lots of support from many people (either in person or absence) and a great mix on the day of ex pats and local people and businesses - they came down to Shayna Beach in cars, on foot and minibuses to either swim or just shout the countdown , along with the Catalkoy Mayor,  and cheer  their support.



 There were free shots of brandy for the swimmers and then Shayna Beach served up cooked breakfasts and coffees of which all of the proceeds were handed over to the Charities communal bucket. Well done and thank you to Shayna Beach/Deniz.

All sponsorship money needs to be paid by Jan 7th please - if you don't see one of the swimmers then money can be handed into some of them on Jan 7th at The Lodge Catalkoy between 19.45 and 20.45 where the count up will take place.
There will also be a presentation of the total fund shared between the 3 charities (KAR, TULIPS, KARAKUM SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL) at Shayna Beach Club - the date will be announced soon and it is hoped that representatives from the 3 Charities and the press will be able to attend.

Bob and i were proud to be a part of the swim (even though i didn’t even dip a toe !) and Bob has now finally defrosted. His summing up words were  “ Everyone has nuts at Xmas ...this morning I started with brazil nuts but very soon turned to peanuts “ !!!!

This years swim has set a threshold and hopefully it will be bigger and better next year. Well done everyone who supported it and to all of those involved in making it such a great fun event (in particular Barbara and Graham Fursman). It shows that Christmas is for sharing and caring and Catalkoy residents, in particular, CARE !




The Bonfire & Firework Event held at the Chateau Lambousa, Lapta raised 1,198.00 TL for KAR. Thanks go to those volunteers that helped with the games and KAR stalls for all their work.





Another wonderful night was held at the Fez in aid of Kyrenia Animal Rescue courtesy of Hayal and Gary. Their famous Alternative quiz attracted 102 people who enjoyed a night of quizzing and horse racing. Along with the popular raffle the evening raised a total of 4630tl for the animals and additionally with further donations on the night the total came to 5085tl.

Many thanks to all that attended and especially to the Fez who do all the hard work.

The next Alternative Quiz is pencilled in for 11th June 2015 so keep your diaries free for that night.






Jacqueline Jones today handed over to members of the KAR committee the money she raised from her sponsorship Paraglide and KAR presented Jacqueline with a certificate of thanks. The total amount raised was a wonderful 3,625TL and a donation of dog food.


KAR would like to say a very big thank you to Jacqueline for the generous donation and for her wonderful support.


SUMMER RAFFLE (Behind the scenes)

”What we need.” they said “is a raffle.  A raffle with prizes that are unusual, have wide appeal and . . . . well, a really GOOD raffle.  Know what we mean?  Want the job?  You’ve got it.  Off you go”

”Actually it wasn’t really quite like that, but truth be told it all started so long ago that the origins are hidden in the mists of time and a faulty memory board called my brain.  Not that it matters.   I had never before run a raffle in my life, but one must broaden one’s horizons and the animals at KAR need every bit of help they can get so I was up for the challenge.  “Bring it on” quoth I, with my usual bravado “ No problem . . .   ummm”

I was very fortunate that help was readily forthcoming from all directions. I had the great good fortune to have been corresponding with Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece (for those of you who don’t know her, she is the only Turkish Cypriot member of the House of Lords and one of our keenest supporters) and, through her, I had also been in communication with Dr Muhammet Yaserata, who is the owner of Cyprus Paradise Holidays and Chair of the London Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce. Not that I’m name dropping of course, heaven forbid!   It was Muhammet who provided us with a week’s holiday in Pia Bella Hotel for two with flights and half board as our first prize, and return flights to Stansted for two as our second. We were all more than delighted at such generosity and agreed that the event should be as long running as possible to ensure we maximized the exposure such prizes, and their donor, deserved.  It also gave me more time to save up and buy lots of tickets so I could win the second prize! I didn’t, sad to say, but it went to a nice couple of people so I can’t complain.  I just sulk a bit… a lot….

Valuable assistance and expertise was provided by my colleague, Anita Woods, whose spouse, Tony, designed the tickets whilst she gave me a hand with the planning and paperwork. When you run a lottery in the TRNC there are legal requirements to be met, so Anita and I ventured into the depths of the Kaymakam on a fearfully hot day clutching the official KAR stamp and an example of how to complete the forms in our sticky hands.  Once again fortune favoured us, a charming lady with a big smile asked what we needed and, having hauled out a large file on KAR, she checked that we were a bona fide charity and then completed and stamped all the forms for us. In record time we emerged, much relieved, with the completed documentation and headed for the printers.

A week later we picked up 2,000 tickets and were ready to go.  The Pia Bella Manager, Mehmet, helped us organize a launch day with teas and coffees and we were off.  Anita managed the issue of books to all and sundry, including sending some to the UK.  For months we used every opportunity to cajole, coerce and persuade people to buy a ticket or two – or even more. We went round Lambousa market, yawned through an auction or two, attended Glastonvicki (it rained!!!) and were rather taken aback at how many people who recline by a hotel pool don’t have money in their swimming trunks!   I broke my leg (some of us really do make a sacrifice for our cause) and found the sympathy vote to be pretty effective as I hopped around the tables at George’s Café looking as pathetic as possible, selling tickets to hapless strangers as their food congealed on the plate before them and their beer got warmer. I must add a word here to say a big thank you to George for his support, and also to the street dog who hung around, adding pathos to the message.  The street cats deserve no mention whatever as they merely idled about under the tables, yawning and taking it easy; watching us slogging away in the heat with the disdain that only cats can summon to a furry face. It was hard work and at times a little dispiriting.  One can meet with some rather rude rebuttals and there are members of the public who can be downright ill mannered and unpleasant.  Thankfully, such individuals are in the minority, most were kind and generous.

We eventually sold more than our 2,000 tickets, having to go into another print run.  The exercise raised in excess of  10,000 Tl and we learnt a great deal about managing such a large and long term raffle; experience that will no doubt come in handy next time.  The prize draw gave us the opportunity to finally meet our sponsor, Muhammet, in person so we were able to thank him for his gift of the prizes and take him and his team to the Office and Centre.  A good relationship has been established with a very professional business and we sincerely hope that it will provide long term benefits for not only KAR but also Cyprus Paradise. It is KAR’s intention to ensure that such generous support is widely publicised, as it deserves to be.

So – who won?  The first prize went to “Lorraine’s Mum” as stated on the ticket i.e.  Mrs June Hall.  Lorraine picked up the prize on her Mum’s behalf and said how delighted and thrilled she was. The second prize went to Mr and Mrs Hunter.who bought their ticket from me at Glastonvicki on a thundery day in May as we sheltered from the rain in the terrace of The Black Olive. Initially Mr Hunter thought the call telling him of their win was a joke, and he took a little convincing that it was for real.  They were very pleased to pick up their prize.  


We will be back with more fund raising events, of course.  The Christmas Bazaar looms on the horizon and the sales team will be out there again, so watch out for us and make sure you have your tickets for the next draw.






A big Thank you to Highflyer Marion


Margaret Ray chairperson of KAR presented Marion Youden with a certificate of thanks for the fantastic amount of 2720 TL raised in sponsorship from her paraglide jump on the 9th of June.

Considering Marion suffers from vertigo it was a very brave achievement to actually throw her self off the mountain to help raise funds for KAR. The event was postponed twice due to high winds but it eventually took place in conjunction with two fellow jumpers who were raising money for cancer charities. Marion said, with two feet safely on the ground that once she was in the air she very much enjoyed the experience and plans to do it again!!


Well done to Marion and congratulations on conquering your fear of heights.






This very success event raised an amazing 2275 TL for KAR. A big thank you to Stuart and Nicky Sims for organising the event and a big thank to all at The Fez for making the evening such a great success.













It would be easy to say the above and that 8991TL was raised for Kyrenia Animal Rescue and leave it at that, but much more happened at Bellapais Abbey on Friday 16th.   The Abbey was looking at it's most beautiful and there was a buzz of excitement from people waiting to hear Fikro Toros and Demet Alkan on piano, Ayse Guler Akin, Soprano and Ahmet Sonmezler on Classical Guitar.  The prospective audience from the North and South of the Island - British, Greeks, Dutch, Finns and Turkish Cypriots alike were strolling around the area admiring the Abbey, gazing at the wonderful views over Girne and sipping wine.  The concert eventually started with   a minutes  silence to honour the dead, the injured and their families involved in the Turkish Mining disaster and apart from the cooing of the pigeons, not a sound could be heard.

When the concert commenced with Demet Alkan playing Bach Prelude 1 in C major it was obvious that everyone was going to be given a treat of a lifetime. Ayse Guler Akin entranced the audience with her versions of both Italian and German classics,

 Fikri Toros brought Chopins Mazurkas to life and Ahmet Sonmezler stunned the audience with his talent on the Guitar with pieces by Villa-Lobos.

However the first half of the programme paled in comparison with the second half, when all four performers went up at least a couple of gears and produce works of sheer brilliance.  It was Fikri Toros playing much more modern pieces than usual that first impressed, Ayse Guler Akin sang some beautiful folk songs,  Ahment Sonmezler held the audience absolutely spellbound with his four pieces by Domenicioni, but it was  Demet Alkan who had the audience holding their breath and wondering how such a tiny lady could produce piano playing  of such grandeur and speed, which could easily have raised the roof at the end.

The audience of just over 200 people left the Abbey on a musical high and our thanks go to all the sponsors of the programme, Girne Belyedire, Kybele Restaurant, Selpa Trading,  the Antiquties Department and especially the performers  for making the evening such a success.









On April 3rd the KAR Grand Summer Raffle was launched. Pia Bella kindly held the promotion event and the first ticket went on sale. The prizes:-

1st  A week’s holiday for two at the Pia Bella Hotel in Girne including half board and flights from UK Stansted.

2nd Two return air tickets from North Cyprus to UK Stansted.

Cyprus Paradise very generously donated the prizes and Muhammet Yasarata (General Director) was unable to attend but left the following message:-

‘I want to show my gratitude to organisations such as KAR and the gen

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