Adopt a Pet!

Tails of Istanbul (TOI) was established in 2016 as a network to help the homeless animals of Istanbul. Our growing community, both on the ground and on social media, is not only rescuing and fostering cats and dogs, but successfully promoting animal welfare, as well as encouraging adoptions in Istanbul, Turkey and beyond!

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About Us

About Our Work

The dog and cat populations in the city continue to grow and we are currently engaged in a Spay-Neuter-Release Program and have set up an Emergency Fund to provide support to rescuers who are helping sick and injured animals.

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TOI founder Therese feeding cats at Maçka park in Istanbul. [ Photo: TOI team]





Recently Added Pet Profiles

Aladdin 1


Aladdin is from an animal shelter and we took him out thanks to the help of a rescue group on Facebo…

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Kivi & Kavun 2
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Kivi & Kavun

Kivi and Kavun have had a lot of ups and downs in their life but at least they have always had each…

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Puppies In Need 3
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Puppies In Need

Over 20 puppies were discovered living in horrid conditions in a lot behind a hotel in Haliç. Over t…

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Want to Help?
Here´s how YOU can help the stray animals in Istanbul
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Our aim is to help Istanbul’s stray animals and place them into a permanent and loving home in Turkey or abroad.

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We provide a potential adopter with all the information needed for them to adopt. Therefore, we require an adoption application form to be completed.

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Spay & Neuter

Tens of thousands of Istanbul animals are being euthanized annually, the leading cause of death in animal shelters for healthy dogs and cats. Huge number of animals are being put down unnecessarily. DONATE NOW


Spay & Neuter

The animals in Istanbul are reproducing at a rapid pace, and the constant sight of pregnant cats confirms the fact that this is an ongoing problem, which is not being managed properly.. According to People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a single cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens in 7 years!
Please consider making a donation.

Adopt & Foster

Adopting an animal is a long-term commitment. You are taking in a new family member into your home. Another option is being a FOSTER HOME. Many animals are waiting to go abroad and they need a temporary home during this time period. A vet cage is not the right environment for an animal. In providing a temporary home for the animal you are a part of saving their life.

Flight Volunteer

Sometimes forever homes are abroad and we need a flight volunteer to escort the animal. When you accept to bring a cat or dog with you on your booked flight, we will help you with booking the cat or dog on the same flight.

Join the Community

Join Our Foster Homes & Flight Volunteers Facebook Group for the Latest Updates!

We are now a community of over 500 animal lovers who live in different part of the world!  

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