Refugee Dogs From Turkey Arrive In Nashville

Posted at 6:59 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 20:40:09-04

Three golden retrievers from Turkey were brought to Nashville over the weekend by a local non-profit trying to help with a growing problem in one of the world's most unstable regions.

Shelters in Turkey are dealing with massive over crowding problem, but because the country has a "no kill" policy dogs are often brought in, treated and then released in large numbers to either the streets or the woods. The breed most prominently found as strays there: golden retrievers.

"In Turkey there are thousands of goldens and a lot of living in the streets," said Leslie Morrision, President of Adopt a Golden Nashville.

Morrison and her non-profit have raised thousands of dollars to help bring golden retriever refugees from Turkey to the U.S. on Sunday three dogs arrived to Atlanta on a freight flight. After passing through customs, they were driven to Nashville and put into foster homes.

"The people of Turkey who often don’t have enough food for themselves are sharing their food with homeless dogs on the street, in turn we’re helping them," she said.

The dogs are currently undergoing medical treatment and are not yet ready for adoption.

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