Some people hate animals and do bad things to them. There are other people that get pets and throw them away. Luckily, there are some shelters in Istanbul that are helping these animals as well as they can. There are 15 shelters in Istanbul that we can count as good ones. On the other hand, we have to think of the bad things also. There are 15 shelters yes, but there are more than 100, 000 dogs still living outside on the streets. Luckily shelters like Fatih Belediyesi Yedikule animal shelter has over 2000 dogs and they try to help others too. We are lucky to have shelters but if we learn how to treat animals like living creatures we might not even need them.
First, we have to understand what a shelter is. An animal shelter is a facility that houses homeless, lost or abandoned animals. The goal of animal shelters is to provide a safe and caring new home for animals. The shelter that I visit and help is Fatih Belediyesi Yedikule Animal Shelter. The shelter was built in 2001 by Meral Olcay who is a very caring and kind woman. She opened the shelter and she works there every day as a volunteer. Some volunteers are also helping the animals every weekend. In addition they get a lot of help from benefactors like food, medicine and sometimes money. There are so many people that actually do care about animals and its very wonderful to see this after seeing people who throw so many away.
One of the most important causes is that people buy their pets from pet shops. I think the reason they are doing this is that they don’t really see those beautiful animals in the shelters. Every time I go to the shelter I always think ‘why people are buying animals just because they are expensive or because of their type?’ We really have to go and see those amazing animals and find our one. I think everyone can find their type of animal from 2000 dogs. You don’t even have to pay money to get them. You just have to help the shelter a little, that’s all. Loving animals and buying them from pet shops won’t change the fact that the animals in the shelters are so alone and need love.
Loving animals and taking care of them should come from your heart. You shouldn’t buy animals if you know that you cannot take care of them. Throwing animals away might feel like throwing your old clothes away but you shouldn’t forget that they are also alive and have their own feelings. Would you throw your daughter away because you couldn’t take care of her? That’s the exactly same thing because they see you as their mother. You can’t force anyone to go to the shelters or treat animals nicely, of course. There is nothing we can do about those people but there is always something we can do about ourselves. You can visit the shelter everyday between 10.30 am and 15.00 pm. Even half an hour is enough for them. Just go there, give your love to the animals and you will be very surprised when you see how happy they get when you even touch them. They need us. Just like homeless children, they really need us.