Istanbul is hit by Worst Snowstorm In Years but, this Man Opened His Shop To Stray Cats

Europe has been reeling from a deadly winter chill in the recent days. Istanbul is hit by the worst snowfall in recent years. Almost 65cm of snow falling in parts of the city overnight, and hundreds of flights cancelled and Normal life is paralysed.

The mercury levels is dipping low but the harsh treacherous weather has failed to deter the warmth of human kindness.

Since the extreme weather began, this shop in Turkey has opened its doors to animals who might otherwise have perished in the cold.

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The man named Selçuk Bayal, who runs a small stationery store and cafe in Istanbul. He is a kind hearted animal lover. He often donates his time to help homeless animals living nearby.  But with the current harsh cold weather condition he decided to go even further — by transforming his business into a temporary refuge for nearly a dozen stray cats.

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Dodo reported, Bayal said, “We are human, and these animals are entrusted to us by God. We are responsible for looking after them.”

The animal lovers appreciated his efforts. While few of his customers have criticized him. Loosing revenue had not deter him to send the cats away but, he has responded by placing a board in the shop saying: “Those who are bothered by cats, do not shop here!


Despite potentially losing some customers, helping to keep the cats cozy and fed through the harsh winter comes with its own rewards.

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“They are grateful for any kind of help. The cats’ glances tell us that they are thankful,” says Bayal. “Our doors are open to all living creatures — hungry cats, dogs, and even people. It does not matter.”





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