Two women in Turkey are doing their part to help animals in the coronavirus crisis. An animal rights activist and her sister traveled across western Turkey to feed 200 animals left during pandemic isolation requirements.

Necla Varol, head of an animal rights association in Eceabat district of Çanakkale province and her sister Nazife Çoklaş, load a van with donated food for stray animals. Most of the food is donated by animal lovers.

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With people stuck inside due to social distancing rules, the animals are not getting the attention and food they usually do. The animals now recognize the sisters and come running when they show up in their van.

Varol, a veteran animal rights activist, said they usually feed about 265 pounds of food from the van every day, “The peninsula is very big and there are about 200 animals living in an area of about 100 kilometers. Normally, this place is full of visitors and people coming to their summer residences and feeding them. Everyone is confined to their home. We have to stay at home too, but someone should do this. These animals need to be fed.”

Çoklaş echoed her sister’s sentiment, “To feed them is a beautiful feeling. All they need is a bit love, and it makes me happy to see them running to us.”

Learn more about pets and coronavirus, including transmitting the virus to pets, how to adopt a pet during social distancing, shelters struggling during coronavirus, and the man that fostered 100 dogs during coronavirus crisis. 

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