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Dogs Are Suffering In This City, But People Are Stepping Up To Help

JANUARY 13, 2017  —  By Sarah Gzemski  
Sarah Gzemski

Sarah Gzemski

Animal and pizza lover with an Internet addiction. Nerd to the max. Currently residing in Arizona, the land of beautiful winters.

I absolutely hate being cold in the winter, and I'm sure our furry friends do, too.

Even though dogs and cats have natural coats to keep them warm, if they're outside when freezing temperatures hit, they're at risk of frostbite or death. In Turkey, where street dogs are customary and incredibly common, volunteers are stepping up to help these beloved pups.

Estimates reveal that there are around 150,000 stray dogs in Istanbul, Turkey. Unlike in America, Turkish people welcome the presence of free-roaming dogs in their cities.

Estimates reveal that there are around 150,000 stray dogs in Istanbul, Turkey. Unlike in America, Turkish people welcome the presence of free-roaming dogs in their cities.

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The overpopulation of dogs in Istanbul has been connected to rabies outbreaks and deaths, but these pups are largely loved by the people who see them every day.

The overpopulation of dogs in Istanbul has been connected to rabies outbreaks and deaths, but these pups are largely loved by the people who see them every day.

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That's why volunteers and passersby in Istanbul are donating cardboard and blankets for street dogs to sleep on and stay warm in the frigid temperatures.

That's why volunteers and passersby in Istanbul are donating cardboard and blankets for street dogs to sleep on and stay warm in the frigid temperatures.

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Efforts by dog welfare groups in Turkey include spaying/neutering and treating illnesses before releasing dogs back onto the street with tags, as seen on the dog below.

Efforts by dog welfare groups in Turkey include spaying/neutering and treating illnesses before releasing dogs back onto the street with tags, as seen on the dog below.

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Turks oppose euthanasia for population control, and keeping street dogs healthy and happy is the best outcome.

Turks oppose euthanasia for population control, and keeping street dogs healthy and happy is the best outcome.

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Without volunteers passing out blankets, these otherwise healthy dogs could suffer as temperatures dip below freezing.

Without volunteers passing out blankets, these otherwise healthy dogs could suffer as temperatures dip below freezing.

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These kind-hearted strangers just might be saving lives with their simple act of kindness.

These kind-hearted strangers just might be saving lives with their simple act of kindness.

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(via Metro and Animal Behavior Associates)

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If you'd like to help stray dogs in Turkey, consider donating to the Straydogs Campaign, which supports the spaying and neutering efforts there. And be sure to SHARE the story of these dogs and the heroes helping them.

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