As Istanbul have experienced the coldest days for almost 10 years, municipalities have already started to launch campaigns to protect the city's famous stray cats from freezing weather, Daily Sabah writes.
Local jurisdictions have increased their sensitivity toward the protection of stray animals, with many of them allocating shelters for the animals to during harsh winter conditions while also putting food inside those shelters.
The heavy winter conditions have affected stray animals the most, prompting residents of Istanbul to build shelters for the animals or share their food with them. This year an increase in the projects to protect animals was observed, as many social media users urged municipalities to prevent animals from freezing.
Social media campaigns with images of frozen animals have been launched, urging the authorities to install shelters for the animals.
Other than erecting cat shelters, municipalities have also provided food for shelters built by residents.