Dogs & Cats of Moda

istanbul, TurkeyPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Burcu

90 mins, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people

What you'll do

Moda is a lively, artsy and close-knit community that has taken an entirely new approach to the care of its street cats and dogs. Our focus has been to ‘adopt’ stray animals as a community- not as individuals- to tag and feed our four-legged friends, to provide medical help when needed, and of course to shower them with love and affection. As far as we know, this is a unique system.


In our tour of the neighbourhood, I will introduce you to many of the cats and dogs that we live with and care for in Moda. You will learn about their stories, their routines, their friends and alliances and get to know how they have become such an important part of our community. Who knows? Maybe you will be rewarded with a tiny nose kiss:) My dogs, Mavi & Orky, and Ilkin’s dog, Betty, will sometimes join us on our journey.

A portion of the proceeds from this tour is used to care for the animals & more donations are welcome/needed.
Other things to note
If you have any questions please contact me.
Moda is a lively, artsy and close-knit community that has taken an entirely new approach to the care of its street cats and dogs. Our focus has been to ‘adopt’ stray animals as a community- not as individuals- to tag and feed our four-legged friends, to provide medical help when needed, and of course to shower them with love and affection. As far as we know, this is a unique system.


In our tour of the neighbourhood, I will intr…
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Meet your host, Burcu

Host on Airbnb since 2010
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Hello, my name is Burcu and I was born and raised here in Moda, an amazing neighbourhood on the less touristy Asian side of Istanbul. Since I was a little girl, I have been an animal lover and have become an advocate for the care and wellbeing of ALL our community members. Our neighbourhood is a haven from the bigger city, which has allowed us to come together to protect and care for our street animals in a new and unique way. I look forward to sharing this special place with you!


INFO: If you would like to donate for our dogs&cats care you are very welcome.
Hello, my name is Burcu and I was born and raised here in Moda, an amazing neighbourhood on the less touristy Asian side of Istanbul. Since I was a little girl, I have been an animal lover and have become an advocate for the care and wellbeing of ALL our community members. Our neighbourhood is a haven from the bigger city, which has allowed us to come together to protect and care for our street animals in a new and unique way. I look forward to sharing this special place with you!
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Where you'll be

Walking around the neighborhood & sea side viewed parks of Moda. We will search for our dogs&cats because sometimes they change their places:)

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 48 reviews.

Susanne
July 2021
Ich hab zwei Touren mit Burcur gemacht. Und beide waren absolut phantastisch. Burcur kennt ihr Stadtviertel und alle (Menschen , Hunde, Katze) kennen und lieben 🥰 sie. Ihre Herzlichkeit ist einzigartig. Die Welt braucht mehr Menschen wie sie.
Ich hab zwei Touren mit Burcur gemacht. Und beide waren absolut phantastisch. Burcur kennt ihr Stadtviertel und alle (Menschen , Hunde, Katze) kennen und lieben 🥰 sie. Ihre Herzli…
Claire
July 2021
Burcu is a wonderful person with empathy, heart, and kindness. My children and I were so lucky to have made her acquaintance on this tour. This tour allows you to meet not only the cats and dogs of Moda, but also its kind people. We learned so much about the particular ecosystem of these animals - their history, their relationships, and their symbiosis with the neighborhood. Burcu's discussions actually invite you to reimagine the urban fabric of this neighborhood in a way the casual tourist would not see, and we're so grateful for this glimpse into Moda. Burcu is fantastic with kids and interactions with the animals under her guidance are completely magical and safe. I consider her a new friend!
Burcu is a wonderful person with empathy, heart, and kindness. My children and I were so lucky to have made her acquaintance on this tour. This tour allows you to meet not only t…
Adam
July 2021
Choosing this experience was the best decision I made while in Istanbul. Burcu is a great teacher and friend. Please don’t miss this, Moda is one of a kind!
Jennifer
July 2021
Wonderful experience getting to know the background of the Turkish dogs living on the streets - the people in Moda love and care for all of them. It was a wonderful behind the scenes experience and Burcu was the best host!
Cristian
July 2021
This is a very nice, spontaneous tour showing how cats and specially dogs are looked after in Moda. the tour is as described, it was a hot day so many dogs were gone or just sleeping. But is not about how many dogs you see. Borcu is a very interesting person who keeps the conversation going showing real interest in interacting with her guests. Moda is a beautiful neighborhood, worth visit again.
This is a very nice, spontaneous tour showing how cats and specially dogs are looked after in Moda. the tour is as described, it was a hot day so many dogs were gone or just sleepi…
Jeffrey
June 2021
There is nothing more gratifying and affirming than when you create a more than Magical experience for yourself...your child!! And, that's exactly what Burcu for me and my 11 year old daughter. My daughter is absolutely spellbound by dogs and cats... And with Burcu's Tour, The Dogs and Cats of Moda, not only did my daughter get to interact safely a number of dogs and cats, but she got to know their stories, their histories, sometimes of abuse, sometimes of abandonment, but along with that came their stories of healing, rehabilitation, and being loved by the entire Moda Community. Burcu's connection and love for these animals was absolutely authentic and undeniable, and it was both inspiring and moving to me and my daughter. Moda is definitely Burco's 'hood' she is known and adored by all, including all the animals we met. She is a joy to be with, and neither me nor my daughter could have asked for anything more. Thank you Burcu for opening up a world to us that we would have never known. We are forever grateful for this experience.
There is nothing more gratifying and affirming than when you create a more than Magical experience for yourself...your child!! And, that's exactly what Burcu for me and my 11 year…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Camera:)

Cat food&treats