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
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 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

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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:

 
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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