Animal rights activist partners with Istanbul Mayor İmamoğlu on app aiming to protect street animals

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An app that aims to the track, document, provide basic needs and homes for street animals in Istanbul is being developed via a partnership between animal rights activist and businesswoman İpek Kıraç and Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu, news portal T24 reported on Oct. 22.

“We can only improve the lives of
street animals if we work together as a team,” Kıraç said, adding
that they eventually aim to spread the app, called SemtPati
(Neighborhood Paw) across Turkey and are expecting the support of
animal lovers.

Kıraç thanked İmamoğlu for his
support and emphasized that the project is a partnership between
district municipalities, veterinarians and volunteers.

“We all see it every day. Even though they are homeless, hungry, thirsty and without love and have lost their trust in us, they still gaze into our eyes and our palms with hope. Although they see us, unfortunately most of the time we are not interested or able to take care of them,” Kıraç said.

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu (L) and human rights activist İpek Kıraç sign a protocol for the development of the app on Oct. 22.

The SemtPati app is slated to be a
sophisticated program that involves numerous features geared toward
tracking animals, indicating who is feeding them and/or providing
medication in what area, veterinary issues such as spaying/neutering
as well as adoption.

“There is this worldwide perception
that if you build shelters with the capacities for thousands or tens
of thousands of dogs that you can just stuff them in there. Neither
the law nor the people will permit this. Respect for that which is
living does not allow this either. In this sense, we needed absolute
practical implementations to solve the problems of local governments
that are stuck in such a way,” İmamoğlu said.

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