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Rescuer / Founder of Melez Dog Rescue

ISFJ personality type. ‘Glass half full’ kind of person. Terrible at saying no (especially when it comes to new dogs!). Confrontation avoider. Morning person.

Hi! My name is Lisanne.

I’m Dutch, but spent much of my life in the UK. It was there that I met my husband Alp, who is Turkish. After a having a long-distance relationship for a few years, I decided to leave my job in the corporate world to move to Turkey to be with Alp and (equally importantly!) to rescue dogs.

We set up the shelter in 2018. What started as a basic enclosure for 20 dogs soon grew into a shelter with 20 kennels currently holding over 50 dogs.

I run the shelter and take care of the dogs’ daily needs. A day in the shelter includes cleaning the kennels, providing fresh water, feeding the dogs, administering medication and carrying out treatments for the sick dogs, taking dogs to their vet appointments, applying for travel papers, getting the dogs adoption- and travel-ready and carrying out reparations in the shelter. Work in the shelter is a full-time job and takes up doesn’t leave much time for anything else, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I believe that ALL animals have the right to be safe, well-cared for and free from constraints, danger and fear.

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