As thousands of people are fleeing from eastern Aleppo to avoid the fighting many leave their pet cats. Aleppo resident, Mohammed Aljaleel noticed that the number of cats without owners was increasing.
|Aljaleel was an electrical maintenance worker before the civil war reached Aleppo in 2012. Aljaleel who has always loved cats built a small garden for them. His sanctuary began with just a small area cordoned off to protect the cats from stray dogs in which he fed the animals. Aljaleel said: “I started with 15 cats in the house, but gradually I have ended up with more than 150 cats from all over the city. And every day I have new additions join us in the house — some of them just come to eat and then they spend the night elsewhere.” Many people when they are leaving Aleppo take their cats to the sanctuary knowing that Aljaleel will take care of them.|
“One time a little girl brought me a cat. Her parents wanted to go abroad. So they came here — they knew there was a cat sanctuary here. The girl had brought the cat up since she was a kitten,” he said. “She cried as she handed her over to me and they left the country. I’ve been taking photos of the cat and sending them to her in Turkey. She begs me, ‘Send me photos of her. I miss her. Please promise to return my cat back to me when we come back.’ ”