Help bring Diamaris (turkish street cat) home to Scotland

For: Diamaris
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Organizer: Laura McGee McParland Watson
£510
of £500 goal.
Raised by 44 donors
100% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Hi there, for people who do not know me my name is Laura, and i am probably known to my family, friends and colleagues as a bit of a crazy cat lady, but i can assure you that i am totally sane lol. I am married to John, and we have 4 ginger furbabies who share our home with us.
This fundraiser is in connection with potential fur baby number 5. We have named him Diamaris and here is his story.
Whilst on holiday in Marmaris Turkey, we came across a group of cats that were living in an old piece of spare ground used as an old boatyard. We feed stray cats on every holiday that we go on, its just something that has become second nature to us.  There were around 10 cats, but Diamaris was the most friendliest of them all, allowing John to get close to him and pet him.  On doing this John became aware of multiple wounds and abscess on his ear, neck and back. He also looked to be blind in one eye, which was discolored and clouded over. John knew he needed veterinary treatment, and fast.  We contacted Marmaris street cats, and a lovely women named Sheila came to the hotel with a cat carrier to help us catch him. Off to the vets with one unhappy cat lol. Mehmet at Happy Pets Vet had a look at him, and told us to go for a coffee whilst he prepared him for treatment. To be honest we wondered if we would see him again, as his wounds looked so infected and severe, we hoped he wouldn't need to be put to sleep.  Went back to get him, he had abcesess all over his head, back and neck.  He was not blind, but in fact had a really bad infection in it.  He was given painkillers, long lasting antibiotics, and sedation.  Mehmet told us that it would be best to take him back to the boatyard and wait with him until he woke up, as that would be less stressful for him.. So back we went and sat with him for 2 hours waiting for him to wake up, and when he did he staggered away like a little drunk man, with us walking along side him to keep him safe and get him into the shade, must have been funny for anyone who seen us lol. We left knowing that he was in a safe place, and didn't think that he would come near us again following his ordeal.  But low and behold, that night on our daily feeding mission, there he was waiting for us at the front of the boatyard, greeting John with headbutts and purrs.  We knew right then that he was coming home with us. By day 3 his eye was clearer, his wounds were beginning
to dry up and he looked a whole lot better.  We again contacted Sheila and told her of our decision, with her help we have captured him and have found a foster home with Linda Richardson in Fethiye who will he stay with for the 4 months it takes him to be prepared to travel to us. 
We have paid for all his medical treatment that he needs, microchip, rabies jag, vaccines, blood tests, paperwork etc and his food litter and board with Linda.  Now for the main reason for this fundraiser, transportation to Scotland.  Flying is the quickest and safest option, but Turkey requires that one person fly's with the animal, meaning that either me or John will need to fly over and then back with him, traveling to and from different cities both here and in turkey.  This is working out to be really expensive, and we really want to be able to bring him home to us.  I am totally new to this, so thought that if people who wanted to donate could add me on Facebook, and keep up to date with our progress, and i will show receipts for everything. Be rest assured that when he gets here, Diamaris is going to be the most loved, spoiled cat in Scotland, and finally his name, we found him at the Diamond hotel in Marmaris hence DIAMARIS. Please share this everywhere and thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read this, and any donation big or small would be very much appreciated.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 4, 2015

Posted on December 4, 2015

WELL GUYS, TODAY WE HIT THE TOTAL OF £500 NEEDED FOR DIAMARIS TO BE ABLE TO TRAVEL HOME TO US.  CANNOT THANK EVERYONE ENOUGH WHO DONATED, MYSELF AND JOHN HAVE BEEN SO TOUCHED BY PEOPLES GENEROSITY, MOST OF THESE DONATIONS HAVE COME FROM COMPLETE STRANGERS, AND PEOPLE NOT REALLY KNOWN TO US AT ALL, AND ALSO FROM SOME REALLY REALLY GREAT FRIENDS.  THE FUNDRAISER IS DUE TO END SHORTLY, BUT WE WILL KEEP IT RUNNING TILL THE END DATE, AND ANY FURTHER DONATIONS WILL BE USED FOR HAMILTON HOUSE, WHICH FOSTER MUM FOR DIMA, LINDA RICHARDSON RUNS FROM HER HOME IN FEITHYE TURKEY, AND ANY OTHER TRAVEL/HEALTH ISSUES THAT SHOULD ARISE.
ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO READ, DONATED, SHARED, AND COMMENTED ON OUR STORY.
OUR WEE BABY WILL BE HOME SOON XXXXX

Posted on November 23, 2015

Posted on November 23, 2015

Hey everybody, as you know we have had the wonderful news that Diamaris is fit and well to travel home in February.  Linda Richardson, his great foster mommy, is looking into bringing him over, via flight to Germany, then via Belgium, France, euro tunnel and then we can meet her at this end.
I am truly grateful for all of the wonderful people who have made a donation to his cause, and who have helped make this dream become a reality. Theres still a lot of planning, and arranging to do.  But hopefully by the end of February the Watson household will have another fur baby to spoil, love and cuddle.
Thank-you from the bottom of our hearts,  and the biggest thank you from Dima (his new nickname) who has been taken from a miserable and dangerous life on the streets, to a warm bed, lots of food, love and kindness in a loving home with his 4 new brothers.

Posted on October 24, 2015

Posted on October 24, 2015

Hi everyone, well great news, Diamaris is now out of solitary lol. He has now had his vaccines, microchip and rabies jag, and has been moved to the luxury of Linda's bedroom.  He shares this with a dog, but seems to get on well with him.  Sleeping on Linda's bed lol and not hissing or swearing at her at all now.  All going well he should be able to travel anytime after the 10th of February.  He will go for his blood test to check the rabies jab on 5th Novemeber and we should have the results of this on the 9th of November.  Fingers crossed that everything is ok, and hes one step closer to coming home.
Ive started to look at transport options for bringing him home, these are very expensive as it looks like i definatley need to fly to Turkey and bring him back, or either transport by land, which will take at least 4-5 days and is quite costly.  But i have a few months yet to sort. xxx

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