How Turkey’s Wedding Season Could Help Feed Stray Cats and Dogs..

CBC_News_Logo.svgCbcnews – Long before cats ruled Facebook and Instagram feeds, the cats of Istanbul ruled Turkey’s largest city. And they still do. They claim entire booths in coffee shops as their own, curl up on cars, scratch motorcycle seats at whim, pose for pictures and, on occasion, jump on someone’s lap, uninvited.

This is their city; everyone else is just visiting. Istanbul’s cats — and to a lesser degree its dogs — are unofficial tourist attractions here. The people of Istanbul love their four-legged neighbours. They see them as neighbours. And many make sure the animals have food and water.

Savas Çikrak, a TV director, has his own cats at home in Istanbul. How many is a closely guarded secret. But Cikrak is also openly obsessed with the animals he can’t take in. He knows the regulars in his local park, and when he spots a friend he hasn’t seen in a while, he shouts, “Çakir!” The dog comes running, responding to his name. Çakir has a red plastic tag on his ear like the other dogs here, showing he’s been neutered and given his shots by city animal services.

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Çikrak isn’t the only one who makes sure the animals in the park are loved and looked after, but he knows not every neighbourhood is as generous..
Looking through his camera lens one day, he came up with an idea he hopes will help make sure all of Turkey’s street animals are well fed. “One day I was taking pictures and I thought, ‘We could take pictures. We could take wedding pictures… We could use this to benefit animals.’ ”

Here’s the deal: You buy 1,500 Turkish liras — about $750 Canadian — worth of pet food and you’ll get a professional photographer to capture your wedding.

Çikrak and his small team — just five people in total — have a list of locations, shelters and neighbourhoods that have applied to receive the food. A roster of volunteers is filling up.



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