One Turkish man's act of kindness has gone viral on social media, after he offered water in his cupped hands to a thirsty stray dog during ablution before prayer.
The good deed was captured on video by a veterinarian onlooker in the Kelkit district of Turkey's northern Gümüşhane province. The video immediately attracted thousands of views after being shared on social media Tuesday evening.
Caring for stray dogs and cats is an important part of life for many Turks. Since most dogs in Turkey live on the street rather than as pets in homes, municipalities and locals work together to keep them well-fed and healthy. Work to protect the animals is particularly vigilant in winter months, with rehabilitation centers and igloo-style shelters providing a life-line to stray dogs in the snowy weather.