In Istanbul, Turkey, the winter has hit them so hard with much rain and a snowstorm that has inconvenienced the whole city itself. According to reports, there was about sixty-five centimeters of snow, which pretty much entrenched the whole city in a flurry and a hurry to recover whatever would be damaged. It is very easy for any of us to think about food supply, telephone poles, transportation, electricity, and anything else that could be damaged in a snow storm. However, many Istanbul residents thought outside of the box and used their kind hearts to save the one thing we barely thought of: stray animals.
Many have opened up their stores and used their floors as a shelter for stray dogs, leaving cardboard boxes and blankets along the wood to ensure that they would have a warm and loving safe haven until the snow clears. Others had turned their stores and environments into a sanctuary for stray cats on the streets. Selçuk Bayal, owner of his very own cafe and stationary store, had decided to do so because he felt it was the right thing to do. After recieving many complaints, he still did not budge because the cats were more important than the profit in this time of need.
“We are human, and these creatures are entrusted to us by God. We are responsible for looking after them.”
Even after being heavily criticized, he decided to put up a sign on his door that said: “Those who are bothered by cats will not shop here”. We are not only amazed, but also inspired at how far one could go to truly help the underdogs of society, the animals. The city itself took a stand for the animals during this heavy snowstorm, and the ones who did so deserve all the praise!