The temperatures in Istanbul, Turkey are known to heavily fluctuate and the region currently suffers from an extremely harsh winter. During a recent snowstorm, people from the Atrium Mall in the Bakirkoy neighborhood opened their doors for the stray street dogs so they could have a warm place to sleep.
Ali Çelik was on his way to work when he saw a group of stray dogs residing at the mall. He was a bit in a rush but stopped to check on the dogs that were sitting there.
Some of the shoppers provided the pups with cardboard to sleep on and some blankets to fight the harsh cold.
They even made sure that the dogs had some food to eat.
“It was fabulous,” a man said, not wanting to reveal the names of the people who were helping. “People were helping animals unselfishly, not so that others could see them helping.”
“If we all of us help as much as we can, all the stray animals will be in good shape! And street animals need help all over the world”
one of the volunteers told a reporter.
He posted a photo online, which spread quickly across Turkey and the internet.
“There was a big snow storm in Istanbul. This photo was taken today at Atrium mall Bakirkoy/Istanbul. Saw that one lady was feeding them. I said let me take a picture of you with the dogs. ‘No need. Picture only them.’ She is my hero. This photo went viral in Turkey. I just wanted to share it with you guys”
one of the descriptions online says.
Luckily, this amazing act of kindness wasn’t limited to the Atrium Mall.
Some of the smaller stores and cafes also opened their doors for the freezing animals and it’s absolutely heartwarming.
One of the women’s clothing shop Penti opened its doors even while customers were still inside. This picture of three dogs sitting at the entrance with other shoppers was shared online and also went viral.
“Don’t forget that only true love warms”
the manager of the clothing store wrote on his Facebook page.
Selçuk Bayal hosted twelve stray cats so that they would be safe and comfortable inside his café in Istanbul.
Selçuk did mention that this act of kindness could potentially scare off customers, but the only thing that mattered was that these animals needed a place to stay.
We can only hope that more people think about stray animals on the streets, especially during cold times such as these. Respect!
Here is a video of this act of love!
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