You can offer assistance to the stray cats and dogs wandering on the streets by getting in touch with the animal shelters in various districts of the town. After the necessary shots, rehabilitation and neutering operations, they try to find families to look after those animals.
Those wishing to keep a cat or a dog can find purebred, half-bred or stray dogs and cats at these shelters.
If you don't wish to keep them at home you can take responsibility for one as a "protective family". This means commiting to the adopted animals' expenses in the shelter and visiting them from time to time and to play.
Besides the shelters there are several groups working for the benefit of stray animals in Istanbul and following are some of them. You can be sure they will be grateful for any kind of assistance.
Çevre ve Sokak Hayvanları Derneği (Association for Stray Animals)
Their goal is to collect stray cats and dogs, neuter them, complete the necessary shots-especially rabies- and find new homes for them. Moreover, milk, macaroni, bread, pet food, vitamins and antibiotics are always welcome. They also accept monetary assistance and can give a receipt.
Evsiz Hayvanları ve Doğayı Koruma Derneği (Association for Stray Animals
and Protecting the Nature)
This shelter was founded in Sarıyer by the Municipality of Metropolitan Istanbul and then handed over to animal lovers. They neuter and complete the necessary shots and try to find new homes for them. The "protective family" concept is also available and all kinds of assistance are welcome.
SHDK - Sahipsiz Hayvanlar Koruma Derneği (Society for the protection of
Stray Animals )
This multi-purpose facility is located at Kemerburgaz Göktürk Köyü. They neuter and complete the shots of the stray animals and, after fasten ear-tags, the animals are sent back to streets. These animals are checked periodically. The facility also find homes for them.
Göktürk Köyü, Kemerburgaz
Tel: (212) 322 18 19
Yedikule Hayvan Barınağı (Yedikule Animal Shelter)
There are 1700 dogs here, and you can visit the shelter everyday from 10:30 to 15:30
Latest comments about this article
By rogold 4.8.2010
dear sir, I am a brazilian, spending some days in Capaddocia, where I saw a lot of streets dogs that needs care and a home. I don´t know if you can do anything, but maybe knows a organization that can help them. I saw today a dog near the Orient restaurant, a really lovely dog that needs care! I gave him some food, but he, as a lot of others, need more! Hope to hear from you soon! Roberta
By dcpadula 9.1.2009
I want to first ask that this website revise the instructions to new people living here--do NOT call any municipality to pick up street animals, as there is no adoption program in place, but many times they are killed to clear the streets! Animal shelters in Istanbul are truly terrible places, and I would know as I have worked with several and in animal rescue here for years. Some are better than others, but conditions in all are inhumane, and the animals are not cared for, so you do them no favors by placing them in these shelters.
Would you like to add your comment about this article? Click here!
Alexandre Vallaury - Architect Alexandre Vallaury was born into a Levantine family in İstanbul in 1850. Apart from the years he spent on architecture education in Paris, he lived in İstanbul for the rest of his life. more...
ODTÜ Sanat 18
Akbank Short Film Festival
Istanbul Music Festival
Ankara World Music Festival
CRR Jazz Feb.
Opus Amadeus Chamber Music Festival
Bilkent Chamber Music Days
Akbank Guitar Days