This butcher’s daily mission is to feed stray animals with meat scraps from his shop

Ikram Korkmazer, 51-year-old butcher, is an animal lover. His love and compassion for animals goes beyond admiring them and touching them.

Ikram cares deeply about stray animals, and knows how difficult it can be to find food. He gives them meat scraps whenever he comes across his meat shop.

It all began with a hungry looking cat who came to his meat shop. It climbed up on the counter, eager to eat fresh meat.


Korkmazer felt sorry that the cat was so he gave her some meat scraps. He instantly fell in love with the cat and luckily, it wasn’t their first and last encounter.

Korkmazer, Yesim said that the cat kept coming back to his shop for food, and even brought her kitten home after she gave birth.

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“She would stand on two legs, look at the meat on the counter, and ask for meat. Standing on two legs, she started to ask for food five to six days a day. She wanted mostly spleen, heart, kidney and loved beef,” he said.

When Yesim died, her kitten kept visiting his shop for treats. Korkmazer loved Yesim, so he named his store after her.

Yesim Meat Gallery is a well-known shop that serves fresh, delicious meat and also offers love and food for stray pets.

Butcher Korkmazer and stray dogs

This heart-warming tradition didn’t stop with Yesim and her kitten. Other stray cats, and even stray dog, seemed to have realized how wonderful the meat shop owner was.

Every day, 7 to 8 cats visit his meat shop to try the meat. The meat scraps are a treat for stray cats and dogs, who enjoy it from the heart to the kidneys.

Butcher feeding stray cats meat scraps

Eventually, Korkmazer’s good deed was recognized around the world when his videos became viral on social media. He began taking videos of the animals that he was feeding and posting them to Instagram and TikTok.

Many people were amazed at his passion for animals, which led to him gaining thousands of followers on both social networking platforms.

“I have instilled the love for animals in this world, and it makes me proud to introduce Turkey as an animal-loving country,” Korkmazer said.

Hungry cat waiting for his meat

Though his instant fame also drove critics, Korkmazer is more focused on the positive reactions he’s been getting. “I have 4 billion people watching my videos, and they are still watching.”

He is happy that he can be an inspiration to so many people as he continues his mission to help stray animals. His family and co-workers are now helping to feed the stray dogs and cats who visit his meat shop.

Korkmazer sold meat for 41 year and found fulfillment when he met Yesim who began feeding stray dogs.

Korkmazer petting a stray dog

He is very proud of what he does and he plans to continue what he’s been doing, hoping to inspire more people and animal lovers to do the same.

Humans can help stray animals. It is not uncommon. There have been many instances in the past when kind-hearted people took care of stray dogs and cats by feeding them and even adopting them.

One of these is the homeless man from Malaysia who shared his food with stray cats. This selfless act of kindness was captured in a 42-second clip that went viral online and won the hearts of many.

Here’s a video of the kind butcher feeding stray animals:

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