Vending Machines in Istanbul Feed Stray Animals

Turkish company creates vending machine that feeds stray dogs in exchange for recycled bottles, Turkey, August 2014Folks in Istanbul, Turkey can now recycle and feed stray animals at the same time, thanks to an ingenious vending machine that dispenses pet food and water every time someone inserts a plastic bottle or metal can.

The device called Pugedon was the brainchild of Turkish company YCN Yucesan, a long-time supplier of tractor parts, as a solution to helping Istanbul’s population of approximately 150,000 stray cats and dogs. The profits raised from the recyclables help to defray the cost of the pet food.

As people in Istanbul have been known to be less than enthusiastic about recycling and finding humane solutions to managing the large population of strays, this is a win-win for everyone.

Many other countries have expressed keen interest in the machines, which I think is a great idea.

Photos from YCN Yucesan

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