Temperature is already dropping in western Turkey and a tough winter is awaiting the country. Cats in warmer places are lucky, but for all those living in colder areas winter will be hard. Kartepe is a popular ski resort town in the northwestern province of Kocaeli. Before the cold weather sets in, the town’s municipality started building houses for stray cats.
Municipality workers have set wooden houses, painted in vivid colors, across the town, along with stands for storing food and water for the cats. So far, 50 cats have found shelter in the houses at a square and a park. The municipality plans to install more houses, to give shelter to at least 500 strays. According to the town’s mayor, Mustafa Kocaman, they\’re also working on the construction of a rehabilitation and treatment center for stray animals.
Caring for needy animals is an integral part of the Turkish culture and Islamic faith. Last year, local municipalities and ministries shored up efforts to look after the country\’s feline and canine citizens suffering from a lack of food during curfews related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Daily Sabah