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Cats And Dogs Of Istanbul: A Vibrant City’s Culture

Cats and Dogs of Istanbul (Photos by Oğuzhan Ates)

Istanbul is a city with a rich history and diverse culture, with one aspect of its charm being the presence of cats and dogs throughout the city.

Stray felines are a common sight in Istanbul, with estimates suggesting that around 125,000 live on the streets.

Cats and Dogs of Istanbul (Photos by Oğuzhan Ates)
Photo by Oğuzhan Ates

These furry felines have become a beloved part of the city’s culture and locals and visitors alike care for them.

Cats and Dogs of Istanbul (Photos by Oğuzhan Ates)
Photo by Oğuzhan Ates

Some cats even have dedicated caregivers who provide them with food, water and medical attention.

Strays of Istanbul (Photos by Oğuzhan Ates)
Photo by Oğuzhan Ates

Dogs are also present in Istanbul, though not to the same extent.

Strays of Istanbul (Photos by Oğuzhan Ates)
Photos by Oğuzhan Ates

Many dogs in Istanbul are strays, and locals often care for them too. As a result, there are also a growing number of animal welfare organizations and shelters that work to provide care and find homes for these dogs.

Cats and Dogs of Istanbul (Photos by Oğuzhan Ates)
Photo by Oğuzhan Ates
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