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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hope in the Dark: The Cats Of Aleppo

Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel and the cats of Aleppo
Photo courtesy of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel 
For my Sunday Selfie this week, I am sharing photos of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, The Cat Man of Aleppo, and his work to save the stray and abandoned cats (and a few dogs) of Aleppo, Syria.

Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel and the cats of Aleppo
Photo courtesy of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel 
In the midst of war torn Syria, Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel has created a place of peace and hope for the animals and remaining children of Aleppo. Aljaleel is an ambulance driver by night and a cat rescuer and whisperer by day - and he has vowed to stay and care for the animals until the end.

Hope, the dog, with the the cats of Aleppo
Photo courtesy of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel 
With donations from animal lovers around the world, he feeds and cares for the cats. He also built a a playground at the sanctuary for the remaining children in Aleppo to provide a temporary escape from the horror around them.

Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel and the cats of Aleppo
Photo courtesy of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel 
Aljaleel has been caring for over a hundred cats and a few dogs since 2014. Many of these animals were left behind when their families fled the violence. Whenever possible, he sends photos of the cats to their original owners to let them know they are OK.

Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel and The Cat Man of Aleppo
Photo courtesy of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel 
Tragically, on Wednesday the sanctuary was bombed and the following day gassed with chlorine. Many animals lost their lives, but Aljajeel has vowed to continue his work and is now in the process of moving the remaining cats and one dog to another location.

Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel and the cats of Aleppo
Photo courtesy of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel 
Aljaleel is a man of compassion who believes there is a firm bond between humanitarianism and caring for animals and his actions and life choices are a shining example that hope, compassion, and light remain even in the darkest times. Please help Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel and the cats and children of Aleppo by donating and/or spreading the word on social media.

Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel and The Cat Man of Aleppo
Photo courtesy of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel 
You can follow Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel and his work to save the cats of Aleppo on Twitter and Facebook. To make a donation, please join the private Facebook group Il gattaro D'aleppo


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All images are from The Cats of Aleppo Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  

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