Cat found in trash can in Turkey finds home in Boston
A kitten found in a dumpster in Turkey now lives in Boston — thanks to a team of “cat-obsessed” moms and daughters and a few other feline enthusiasts.
Alanur Heidecker, 12, heard the little furry cat tangled in a trash can while staying with relatives on the Turkish island of Imbros last August, The Boston Globe reported Thursday.
The middle schooler thousands of miles from her home in Boston’s Jamaica Plain section then asked her mother if she could check on the meowing cat – a request that Sennur Cinar knew would likely lead to a new mouth to feed.
“That’s why I initially resisted when Alanur wanted to look for the kitten,” Cinar told the newspaper. “But then I saw her. She was dirty, but she was so adorable and so sweet. I knew she had to come with us. I thought, “Oh my God, this is going to be our third cat.”
The 2-week-old cat – named Bonçuk, which means ‘pearl’ in Turkish, a nod to her blue eyes – then got a spotless checkup from a vet before heading to Istanbul to begin her journey from return.
But Cinar became ‘very concerned’ after learning Turkish Airlines only allowed cats 10 weeks and older to fly – leaving Bonçuk, then around 4-5 weeks old – outside looking outside. interior, she recalls.
Cinar admitted she acted like a “freak” while explaining the situation to several airline representatives before one of them booked the cat a seat on her flight home. Cinar’s husband was also on board with the new arrival, the Globe reported.
But the plan fell apart when Cinar and her daughter arrived at the airport, where they learned they also needed negative COVID-19 tests in addition to proof of vaccination to fly.
Airline representatives also told the couple they had no record that Bonçuk had been given the all-clear to join them, sending Cinar and her daughter to a customer service desk because they had nearly missed their flight. .
The cat was eventually left with customer service, where Cinar was told she would go to a shelter if she was not claimed within three days, the Globe reported. Another cat-loving flight attendant gave Cinar Wi-Fi access on the plane so she could meet her sister in Istanbul, but failed to convince her to take Bonçuk.
Once back in Boston, Cinar and his daughter felt like they had failed in their mission and worried about Bonçuk’s fate. But an airport lost and found employee later encountered the cat in its cage and recalled the commotion caused earlier by the distraught cat lovers.
The worker, Ozan Ulasan, took Bonçuk home and then texted Cinar to let her know she was fine. A student from Istanbul then picked up the cat from Ulasan and promised to keep it for as long as needed, the Globe reported.
The flight attendant who previously helped Cinar – identified only as Tuğba – then promised to bring Bonçuk to the United States for a vacation in October, two months later.
“The cat was my priority,” Tuğba told The Globe. “It was not about a destination. It’s a matter of karma. I wanted to put something good in the world. And that was maybe one of the best things I could do for this family and for the kitten.
The 8-month-old cat is now enjoying the run from home with her two siblings, Nar and Laura, the Globe reported.
“It’s really about humanity and kindness,” an emotional Cinar told the newspaper. “It shows that there are really good people out there, great people. It helps me to believe that there is still love in the world.