Jaleel has a special place in his heart
…for the cats of his city.
When the war in Syria began in 2011
…Jaleel was determined to save their lives.
He established a shelter
…where he fed 170 cats daily.
But after the 2016 attack on Aleppo
…Jaleel managed to smuggle 22 cats
…out of his shelter in plastic bags.
Mohammed Alaa al-Jaleel, Founder of the Sanctuary:
“When we arrived east of Aleppo, we created the sanctuary and started gathering the cats that we had sent to families. We only found 18 again, who were with us in Aleppo, we brought them here to the sanctuary.”
After fleeing Aleppo, Jaleel set up his second shelter
…housing 18 of the 22 smuggled cats
…and providing medical support for them.
Mohammed Alaa al-Jaleel, Founder of the sanctuary:
“I live in a country where there is a war. I founded the first sanctuary in Syria. It’s a big story in the West, to show that we are a good people, peaceful, with good hearts.”
Jaleel and his cats are still not completely safe.
The war has killed more than 400,000 people (source: Human Rights Watch)
…displacing almost half of the country’s population.
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