In the city of Kastamonu, Turkey, resident, Segohat Hanifeoglu, has given everything she has to help the homeless animals in her community. After seeing the hundreds of homeless dogs roaming the streets, she decided to start giving them food and shelter.
In addition, it’s not unusual for people in the city of Kastamonu to leave their pets in the garbage and mountain areas. After seeing Segohat’s actions, many people started intentionally leaving their pets behind. At the same time, she knew that it would be incredibly difficult to save all the animals.
The pups couldn’t just be left alone, and Sebahat knew it. She also knew it was unlikely that she could save all of the homeless puppies at once.
Sebahat set her priorities instead of panicking. Initially, she went to the abandoned pups that were barely surviving. Every morning, she arose at the crack of dawn to begin her journey. She would then gather blankets, water, and food, and start the trek into the mountains to search for new pups.
Of course, the pups loved to see their savior – and not just because she brought them food and water, or tried to build them better shelter. The pups knew that Sebahat truly cared for them, and they loved her for the companionship she offered. And after being cruelly abandoned by previous “owners”, it was only right that the pups finally had happiness in the form of a loving human.
The journey didn’t end there. To this day, Sebahat visits 5 areas on a daily basis to give abandoned pups everything she has (and more). Despite her actions to help the homeless pups, Sebahat still didn’t like leaving them out in the open with no protection. Fortunately, this sparked an idea that would begin a slow (but necessary) change. With the help of a few volunteers, Sebahat started building sheds to give the pups some shelter. Sebahat and the pups are forces to be reckoned with though. The cruel actions of others have only made them more determined to beat the odds.”I’m just doing what we should all be doing,” Sebahat said. “And I’ll never give up.”