In the United States, at least six to eight million cats and dogs wind up homeless and in shelters, PugetPets reports. There have been all sorts of campaigns to encourage owners to spay their pets that have worked in some cases. However, the sad reality is that many pets wind up on the street.
This is an especially harsh reality for dogs and cats living in other countries, Postize reports. It’s more challenging to calculate the numbers worldwide, of course. However, in 2011, according to the in 2011 the World Health Organization (WHO), there are at least 200 million homeless dogs worldwide. And some estimates say there are at least 100 million feral cats.
While this is indeed a tragedy, in rural Turkey, someone built a town just for feral kitties and we can’t get enough.
This town is just for cats
Founded inside 10,000 square kilometers of forest, “Cat Town,” is located within a municipal animal shelter, TheBestCatPage reports. Built by the Samsun Metropolitan Municipality, it took two years to finish the small town, which provides shelter and safety for more than 50 formerly homeless cats.
They take cats off the street
The animal shelter rescues the street cats then they ensure that the animals are spayed or neutered. Then the cats wind up living in the town, where there’s no discrimination based on a cat’s age or on its health concerns. The town even takes in cats with special needs.
In this town kitties even have their own veterinarian
Hüseyin Aydin, the town’s resident vet, and facility manager makes sure that the cats get everything they need. He treats those who are sick before allowing them to enter the kitty community and mingle with the resident cats, Postize reports.
Aydin says the town is more like a five-star hotel for cats. The town provides everything the kitties could ever want. Kind staffers provide them with good food, health, and lots of love.
The town where cats have choices
Engineers equipped the little town with several bridges and walking tracks where the cats can run and play, as well as numerous bungalows.
In fact, there are enough bungalow options that a cat can choose whether to rest by itself or with other kitties.
A place where a cat gets to be a cat
And the kitties seem like they really love the place too!
Volunteers make sure the kitties are well-fed and loved
It looks like it’s time for a vacation to Turkey
This place is kitty heaven on earth
Aydin’s main objective is to make sure the cats can lead full, happy and healthy lives and he hopes to expand the facility so that more cats can be helped in the future. It’s so heartening to see something like this and let’s hope this inspires others to create wonderful communities like this one — where no animal has to suffer. Something where love and kindness prevail.
Featured photo courtesy of TheBestCatPage