As soon as I knew I was flying to Washington, I called my friends at Let's Adopt. If you have a plane ticket to America, it's the easiest thing to save an animal's life. Click on the link and watch the video to see what Let's Adopt does. The rules:
1. You are already going on holiday or business trip, you pay for your ticket, this is not a free holiday. Let's Adopt! is a network of animal rescuers, contrary to what it may seem from the outside our finances are very limited. This means we cannot buy flight tickets for anybody, we can only use those people that are already flying.
2. We pay for all expenses of the animal and handle all check-in procedures.
3. the animal (and you) are received at the airport by a VERY happy and grateful family. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's Adopt often finds homes in the United States and Europe for animals who have no chance of being adopted in Turkey. I flew with Mickey, a seven-month old kitten who was born on the street with two handicaps--she's black and she's blind. In many peoples' eyes, this would have been justification for killing her.
Anyone who tells you that a blind animal will have a poor quality of life is as wrong as it's possible to be. This kitten obviously wouldn't last long on the street, but in a loving home--where she now is--she will have a wonderful life. She's a delight to herself and everyone around her. I don't think I've ever met a friendlier, calmer, more affectionate animal (and I meet a lot of animals).
She's fearless, by the way. Most cats would go berserk on a journey like that. She positively enjoyed it. She was playing and purring and cuddling the whole way, ears up and curious.
The amazing thing is how completely competent this kitten is: I'm certain she's blind--I mean, she has no eyes, she has to be--but she's able to do things you wouldn't think possible without sight, like tracking and playing with a moving object. And if you show her where to find something (like the litter box), she doesn't need to be shown twice. As we were waiting for her adoptive family to arrive, we let her go exploring in the bedroom for about an hour. That was all it took for her completely to figure out the entire room. She went back to the litter box without hesitation when she needed it. She figured out right away how to get up and down the bed, where the obstacles were, where the nice warm people who wanted to cuddle her were.
There is no justification ever, ever, ever, for killing an animal like this as a "mercy." It's not: It's just a killing.
She loves being alive. She's going to bring great joy to her new family.