For a lonely, shivering dog in Giresun, Turkey, she might have thought she didn’t have a friend in the world, as she summoned all her strength to stay warm on this particularly blustery winter evening.
A recent theft in the neighborhood left one resident reviewing camera footage to catch the suspects in the act when something entirely different rose to the front. The camera’s captured a heart melting moment between a man, and one of the many homeless dogs in Turkey. The man brought the precious pup some food and gave him the coat off his back to keep him warm.
After the video was posted to Facebook and shared thousands of times, the man in the video became a local sensation, for his wonderful act of kindness. The man in the footage was eventually identified as Bülent Kalpakçıoğlu, and tried to deflect all of the attention he was getting for doing something that came naturally to him.
“If I did not give my jacket, it would have eaten at my conscience. While we are sitting warm at home, they are outside in the cold.”
For his exemplary service, Kalpakçıoğlu was awarded a special certificate by Giresun mayor Kerim Aksu. During a small recognition service, Aksu said,
“With this action, he gave a lesson in humanity. Animals are our friends. We love people, we love our city, we love all living things that are an integral part of us and our city.”
While many acts like these go unnoticed in a country where an estimated 200,000 dogs and cats are homeless, Kalpakçıoğlu is hoping his act of kindness rubs off on others who are inspired by his story. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.