Mohammad Alaa Jaleel became famous as 'the cat man of Aleppo', Syria.Whencivil war broke out in Syria in 2011, the selfless man decided not to flee, but to stay in the dangerous city of Aleppo, in order to help those in need; including a starving dog and her fifteen puppies in March.
The cat lover, nicknamed "Alaa" opened an animal sanctuary, called "House of Cats Ernesto", after his own pet. He began to feed and home a handful of the thousands of animals left behind after their owners fled the war-torn country.
He took refuge in Turkey for some months but has since returned to Syria, keen to restart his charitable work.Alaa refused to give up and has begun to rebuild his sanctuary, determined to do all he can to help animals in need.
In late March, 'the cat man' of Aleppo proved that he is open to helping more than just felines, and adopted a large canine family.He found the abandoned dogs only ten minutes away from his new fledgling sanctuary.
Despite already having a number of animals to care for, Alaa knew he had to help the young canines, and has started to bring them food every day while he rebuilds his animal shelter.The puppies, their mother, and many other animals are getting stronger and healthier every day thanks to the generosity and love of one kind man.
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