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Turkish officials leave food in streets for stray animals during lockdown

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Turkey's attitude towards its stray cats and dogs has improved lately, but amid the C-19 epidemic, an even greater wave of kindness sweeps the nation.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 16/04/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:29


It's tough being a stray, but at the moment, with humans banished to their homes, things are even tougher. No people in the streets of Turkish cities and towns means homeless cats and dogs go hungry and begin to starve.

Do you want to adopt a stray dog? Read first our advice about finding the right dog.

This week the Turkish government announced plans to bring some succour to homeless animals. According to Lad Bible, the Turkish Minister of the Interior issued an edict to local government administrators expressing the need to deliver spare food to needy strays.

Strays get the help they need

The ministry has announced that, “Food and water will be left at the living environments of street animals such as parks and gardens and particularly animal shelters.”

Whether or not this measure will help matters is yet to be seen, but with a country in the throes of an epidemic, the move is notable for its generosity and thoughtfulness.

The fate of stray animals in other countries is less certain, although in the UK, France and other parts of Europe, local charities are doing what they can to look after them.

Remember: stay indoors unless you must leave the house for essential reasons.