Aleppo, the biggest city in Syria, has dealt with war since 2012. Almost 40,000 people have fled the city to seek a safer place, but sadly left their cats behind.
That’s when Mohammad Alaa Jaleel, an ambulance driver, stepped in to help. At first, he helped out about twenty cats who were abandoned by their owners as they left the city. A year later, that number quickly grew to over 100 cats.
He even started his own sanctuary named Il Gattaro d’Aleppo. People began leaving their cats with him, knowing how much he loves cats. He is now known as “the cat man of Aleppo.”
A little girl handed over her kitten to him before she and her family left the city. In tears, she asked him to take pictures of her cat and send them to her. He promised her he would and that he’d take very good care of the cat until she could come back for him.
“Since everyone left the country, including my own friends, these cats have become my friends here,” Alaa told BBC News in an interview. “I’ll stay with them no matter what happens.”
You can follow Alaa’s rescue efforts on Facebook by clicking here.
Listen to more of Alaa’s amazing story in the video below: