Here is how it works:
Wild/ownerless cats and dogs roam the streets.
They are everywhere. EVERYWHERE.
This is how it was explained to me.
"The cats and dogs are picked up by the city,
spayed or neutered and vaccinated,
and then returned to the streets where they become community property."
Everyone takes care of them.
They really do.
They are fat.
They are happy.
And very friendly.
Surprisingly, well picked up after if you know what I mean.
So there you have it.
It's different, but it works for them.
This is a smaaaaaall fraction of what we encountered...
but you get the idea.
You have probably noticed that I included no pictures of dogs.
I have no explanation for that.
Istanbul: dogs and cats everywhere. :)