This winter has been particularly chilly in Turkey, so one kind woman came up with an amazing solution to help the freezing stray cats – she built a cat ladder that leads into her home. “I made the ladder so the cats can come into my comfortable house,” Sebnem Ilhan told The Dodo. The woman who works as a dentist in the town of Tekirdag came with this solution after spotting homeless cats suffering in the cold, and decided to turn her home into a refuge from winter.
However, she wasn’t sure how her neighbours would react to this addition to her windows, so Ilhan put some ornaments. “I thought if I put some flower pots there, it wouldn’t bother anyone,” she said. But the reception has been overwhelmingly positive — especially among the countless kitties who have taken advantage of her offer of a warm place to rest.
Building a ‘cat ladder’ is not the only way Ilhan has served the animals in need – the woman also volunteers her time to care for stray dogs and felines at a local rescue. “I wish no animal is hungry or thirsty, just happy,” she said. “This world is not just for people.”