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Did you know that there are over 70 million stray animals living in the United States? The numbers and statistics surrounding pet homelessness are nothing short of heartbreaking. While many of us believe that cats, unlike dogs, are capable of fending for themselves in the outdoors, the truth is that they also need help from humans every now and then to get by. One such human has taken action to help the feral cats of Istanbul to his Facebook page. Imam Mastafa Efe opened the doors of Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque to a group of stray cats who needed shelter from the freezing winter temperatures.

Mustafa Efe is a shining example of how just one person can make a difference to animals in need. 

Imam Opens Mosque to the Stray Cats of Istanbul

 While there’s no official number on the amount of cats currently living in the mosque, but to Mustafa Efe, they are all welcome guests. 

Imam Opens Mosque to the Stray Cats of Istanbul

Regular visitors to the mosque also accept the cats into their space. 

Imam Opens Mosque to the Stray Cats of Istanbul

Mustafa Efe’s kindness towards these homeless cats has recently earned him a fair amount of internet fame — but he does it for the love of animals. 

Imam Opens Mosque to the Stray Cats of Istanbul

Providing shelter to these kitties might seem like a small act, but it could make all the difference for these animals.

Imam Opens Mosque to the Stray Cats of Istanbul

It seems that Imam Mustafa Efe’s mosque still hasn’t reached cat capacity! When one local stray gave birth to a litter of kittens, he gladly welcomed the new mama and her babies. You can see a video of the babies below:

 

 

Although they have their own fur coats, the winter is a terrible time to be a stray cat, but there are steps that we can take to help make their lives better. To learn how you can help stray cats in your area, click here.

All image source: Mustafa Efe/Facebook



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133 comments on “Meet the Incredible Imam Who Welcomes Istanbul’s Stray Cats Into His Mosque (PHOTOS)”

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Natalia Martinez
5 Months Ago

Matthias Kansu Martinez


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Silvia Kitchingham
5 Months Ago

Beautiful man❤️


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Carrie Dykstra
5 Months Ago

I am glad this man opened his doors of his mosque to stray cats and helps them. I am a animal person and I would of done the same thing. Did it say in the article that anybody around the world can go into his mosque? I am not familiar with the word mosque. Is that what they call someone house? I wonder if they have people that volunteer feeding and taking care of the animals? I would go and help take care of animals around the world in a heart beat!


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Patricey Strong
5 Months Ago

nice..


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Chris Warren
5 Months Ago

I'm sure I'd like this man if I met him,a kind soul


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Janice Mauk Enzone
5 Months Ago

What a wonderful thing.


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Brittany Brown
5 Months Ago

Omg she's evrrywhere Angela Marie


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Barbara J. Tierney
5 Months Ago

Wonderful kindness


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Marie Downer
5 Months Ago

A lovely picture. Peaceful, how most people are. Let us concentrate on that which brings us to a peaceful state!❤️


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Olivia Fonmanu
5 Months Ago

Vąlérie ßêbe-Chi


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