Not everyone thinks about the poor animals trapped outdoors when the weather gets bad, but this mall in Turkey opened its doors when not many others did. A snow storm ripped through Turkey, covering the streets with layers of freezing snow and making the outdoors a dangerous place to spend the night. When the Atrium Mall realized it could give these stray dogs a warm place to spend the night, they opened their doors with the help of volunteers and gave these pups a way to survive the cold.
Animal lovers donated blankets and kibble, volunteers showed up to tuck each dog in and leave the kibble and bowls of water out, and no dog went to sleep hungry that night.
All of us, if we can help as much as we can, all the stray animals will be in good shape and the street animals need help all over the world,” a volunteer said.
Many people assume that animals aren’t really affected by the cold since they have fur coats, but that just isn’t true.
Wind chill can seriously harm animals left outdoors no matter the actual temperature. Pets are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia, especially if they are sleeping on the cold ground at night. Their noses, ears, and paws are especially vulnerable to the cold and can freeze quickly, sometimes causing them permanent damage. As the well-known saying goes: “if you’re cold, they’re cold.”