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People Are Fleeing War-Torn Aleppo But This Man Is Staying To Care For Abandoned Cats
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People Are Fleeing War-Torn Aleppo But This Man Is Staying To Care For Abandoned Cats

Meet Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, also known as ‘the cat man of Aleppo,’ Syria. Despite all the tragedy and devastation happening in his war-torn city, Aljaleel is staying there – ”no matter what happens” – to take care of more than a hundred abandoned and stray cats.

The city of Aleppo has been a dangerous, war-torn zone for four years now, and approximately 40,000 people have fled the city to save their lives, including most of Aljaleel’s friends. Before the Syrian war, Mohammad was an electrician. However, since the conflict started, he has driven ambulances in the city, rescuing people in need, and even established a cat sanctuary Il Gattaro d’Aleppo.

lt all started with 20 cute cats, but now there are over 100 of these abandoned animals. “When people left, their house cats started coming to me… Some people just left them with me, knowing that I love cats.’ – Aljaleel told BBC News.

Once, a little girl came to Aljaleel’s animal shelter with a kitten.”She cried as she handed her over to me and they left the country”. The girl told him she would miss their family pet terribly, and asked Aljaleel to send her cat’s pictures… and so he does.

‘Someone who has mercy in their heart for humans has mercy for every living thing.’

More info:  Il Gattaro d’Aleppo  (h/t: bbcnews)

Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel is staying in war-torn Aleppo, Syria, to take care of abandoned cats

Most of the people have fled war zone Aleppo, including Aljaleel’s friends

So Ajaleel created a cat santuary Il Gattaro d’Aleppo for kitties left behind

lt all started with 20 kitties, but now there’s over a 100

“When people left, the cats started coming to me…” – Aljaleel told BBC News

“Some people just left them with me knowing that I love cats”

Aljaleel says he will stay with his cats “no matter what happens”

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Sasha Bharti
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish I could send him some money to help pay and basic stuff he must need! If anyone knows please let me know!!

Sasha Bharti
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I admire this mans bravery and his loyalty! I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like to live in there and only want to help strays

Katrina Green
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love this because if you read the whole article it talks about all the amazing things he does to help Aleppo including this

Meeow
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These cats are so lucky have him in their life. Everyone find happiness on different reasons. And I think he found it!! Kudos to him!

Haleema
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a wonderful and brave man I hope he is blessed with happiness all his life

seaufke
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

humanity @ it's best/worst

Rach Howard
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

See the cat man's Facebook group here https://m.facebook.com/groups/1509943749305018

John Smith
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Let's leave Allah out of this. That guy just fucks shit up. Case in point: Aleppo.

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Elena Ennouri
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing soul this man has <3<3<3

Spark Starter
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

you sir are a great man. you are a great soul and i wish to be like you.

artcatcms
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God bless and keep Mr. Aljaleel !!!!!!! I hope he remains safe. What a wonderful act of kindness!!!

Caty Foster
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This guy is amazing! #CatsofAleppo

Astie Pratiwi
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

May Allah give you strength and thank you for your passion. Barakallahufikum.

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel's story before. I pray that he's kept safe. Compassion is a rare thing sometimes. And he's named after another great cat lover - The Profit (Peace Be Upon Him)

Shara Guinesso
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

does anyone know is he is still ok? i know that the area was hit pretty hard back a few days ago... i would really like to know, and be able to breathe easy knowing that this kind and warm hearted man is ok

Jayne Reed
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To find out more about Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel and how you can help him you can join the Facebook group Il Gattaro D'Aleppo https://www.facebook.com/groups/1509943749305018 . It is a group of people from all around the world who care about and support Alaa. Right now the need for help is urgent. Alessandra Albidin, the Administrator of the group, receives regular updates from Alaa and posts them to let us know how he is doing. She has also put together an excellent FAQ list in several languages. There are many pictures and videos each day from Alaa that are very positive. This group of people is really good and caring and there is no negativity (no discussion of politics or religion is allowed) at all. I think you would find it interesting and uplifting. I know that I do. "'I regard animals and humans in the same light. All of them suffer pain, and all of them deserve compassion.'" - Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel

Jayne Reed
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aleppo is completely under siege. There have been no vets in Aleppo for years and now in Eastern Aleppo there are only 29 doctors to try to care for 250,000 humans who are under constant bombardment. This is the same area where the UN relief trucks were bombed a few days ago. Alaa says that due to the stress of constant bombardment that not many kittens have been born in the last several years. After the war is over we will try to get a vet into Aleppo to handle the neutering/spaying. Alaa also cares for several dogs whose pictures you can see on the group page. Right now the most important thing is food. Alaa used to feed the cats chicken but since the siege he mixes meat or fish with rice. There is no other food available. Thank you for caring. To find out more about Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel and how you can help him you can join the Facebook group Il Gattaro D'Aleppo.

Karen Wesley
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What wonderful man he is to feed the hungry Kitty kids in this war torn city, bless his loving heart.

Jeanne Deaux
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Living in a war zone is already something terrible, you never know if you'll see another sunrise but also taking care of all these animals? You're a hero. Please soldiers, leave this man and his sanctuary alone, he doesn't harm anyone, he saves lives. (and while you're at it, leave the whole country in peace).

Dmitri Poryadin
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God bless this holy man. Im want will be sending money too.

alan katz
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder how it would be possible to help him?

Jayne Reed
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To find out more about Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel and how you can help him you can join the Facebook group Il Gattaro D'Aleppo https://www.facebook.com/groups/1509943749305018 . It is a group of people from all around the world who care about and support Alaa. Right now the need for help is urgent. Alessandra Albidin, the Administrator of the group, receives regular updates from Alaa and posts them to let us know how he is doing. She has also put together an excellent FAQ list in several languages. There are many pictures and videos each day from Alaa that are very positive. This group of people is really good and caring and there is no negativity (no discussion of politics or religion is allowed) at all. I think you would find it interesting and uplifting. I know that I do. "'I regard animals and humans in the same light. All of them suffer pain, and all of them deserve compassion.'" - Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel

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Valeria Casteleyro Gomez
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This man demostrates that kidness and humanity still exist, also that heros are reeal and not necessary wear capes. <3

Jayne Reed
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Alaa also takes care of several dogs and gives what food he can to stray packs of dogs that he sees when he is driving his ambulance.

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Alexis
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He needs a cat woman to help him love all those fur babies.you know they all want to be held and cuddled. God bless him

Pi...
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God bless you... ur a good person.

Sir. Steve
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6 years ago

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It's not like it was him who posted it ya dumb fuQ

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Flora Polvado
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is there vet care available, or even just veterinary supplies? My heart to him and those like him, we need more

Jayne Reed
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To find out more about Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel and how you can help him you can join the Facebook group Il Gattaro D'Aleppo https://www.facebook.com/groups/1509943749305018 . It is a group of people from all around the world who care about and support Alaa. Right now the need for help is urgent. Alessandra Albidin, the Administrator of the group, receives regular updates from Alaa and posts them to let us know how he is doing. She has also put together an excellent FAQ list in several languages. There are many pictures and videos each day from Alaa that are very positive. This group of people is really good and caring and there is no negativity (no discussion of politics or religion is allowed) at all. I think you would find it interesting and uplifting. I know that I do. "'I regard animals and humans in the same light. All of them suffer pain, and all of them deserve compassion.'" - Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel

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Sasha Bharti
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish I could send him some money to help pay and basic stuff he must need! If anyone knows please let me know!!

Sasha Bharti
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I admire this mans bravery and his loyalty! I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like to live in there and only want to help strays

Katrina Green
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love this because if you read the whole article it talks about all the amazing things he does to help Aleppo including this

Meeow
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These cats are so lucky have him in their life. Everyone find happiness on different reasons. And I think he found it!! Kudos to him!

Haleema
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a wonderful and brave man I hope he is blessed with happiness all his life

seaufke
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

humanity @ it's best/worst

Rach Howard
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

See the cat man's Facebook group here https://m.facebook.com/groups/1509943749305018

John Smith
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Let's leave Allah out of this. That guy just fucks shit up. Case in point: Aleppo.

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Elena Ennouri
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing soul this man has <3<3<3

Spark Starter
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

you sir are a great man. you are a great soul and i wish to be like you.

artcatcms
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God bless and keep Mr. Aljaleel !!!!!!! I hope he remains safe. What a wonderful act of kindness!!!

Caty Foster
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This guy is amazing! #CatsofAleppo

Astie Pratiwi
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

May Allah give you strength and thank you for your passion. Barakallahufikum.

Eulalie Grace
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel's story before. I pray that he's kept safe. Compassion is a rare thing sometimes. And he's named after another great cat lover - The Profit (Peace Be Upon Him)

Shara Guinesso
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

does anyone know is he is still ok? i know that the area was hit pretty hard back a few days ago... i would really like to know, and be able to breathe easy knowing that this kind and warm hearted man is ok

Jayne Reed
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To find out more about Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel and how you can help him you can join the Facebook group Il Gattaro D'Aleppo https://www.facebook.com/groups/1509943749305018 . It is a group of people from all around the world who care about and support Alaa. Right now the need for help is urgent. Alessandra Albidin, the Administrator of the group, receives regular updates from Alaa and posts them to let us know how he is doing. She has also put together an excellent FAQ list in several languages. There are many pictures and videos each day from Alaa that are very positive. This group of people is really good and caring and there is no negativity (no discussion of politics or religion is allowed) at all. I think you would find it interesting and uplifting. I know that I do. "'I regard animals and humans in the same light. All of them suffer pain, and all of them deserve compassion.'" - Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel

Jayne Reed
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aleppo is completely under siege. There have been no vets in Aleppo for years and now in Eastern Aleppo there are only 29 doctors to try to care for 250,000 humans who are under constant bombardment. This is the same area where the UN relief trucks were bombed a few days ago. Alaa says that due to the stress of constant bombardment that not many kittens have been born in the last several years. After the war is over we will try to get a vet into Aleppo to handle the neutering/spaying. Alaa also cares for several dogs whose pictures you can see on the group page. Right now the most important thing is food. Alaa used to feed the cats chicken but since the siege he mixes meat or fish with rice. There is no other food available. Thank you for caring. To find out more about Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel and how you can help him you can join the Facebook group Il Gattaro D'Aleppo.

Karen Wesley
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What wonderful man he is to feed the hungry Kitty kids in this war torn city, bless his loving heart.

Jeanne Deaux
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Living in a war zone is already something terrible, you never know if you'll see another sunrise but also taking care of all these animals? You're a hero. Please soldiers, leave this man and his sanctuary alone, he doesn't harm anyone, he saves lives. (and while you're at it, leave the whole country in peace).

Dmitri Poryadin
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God bless this holy man. Im want will be sending money too.

alan katz
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder how it would be possible to help him?

Jayne Reed
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To find out more about Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel and how you can help him you can join the Facebook group Il Gattaro D'Aleppo https://www.facebook.com/groups/1509943749305018 . It is a group of people from all around the world who care about and support Alaa. Right now the need for help is urgent. Alessandra Albidin, the Administrator of the group, receives regular updates from Alaa and posts them to let us know how he is doing. She has also put together an excellent FAQ list in several languages. There are many pictures and videos each day from Alaa that are very positive. This group of people is really good and caring and there is no negativity (no discussion of politics or religion is allowed) at all. I think you would find it interesting and uplifting. I know that I do. "'I regard animals and humans in the same light. All of them suffer pain, and all of them deserve compassion.'" - Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel

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Valeria Casteleyro Gomez
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This man demostrates that kidness and humanity still exist, also that heros are reeal and not necessary wear capes. <3

Jayne Reed
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Alaa also takes care of several dogs and gives what food he can to stray packs of dogs that he sees when he is driving his ambulance.

Load More Replies...
Alexis
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He needs a cat woman to help him love all those fur babies.you know they all want to be held and cuddled. God bless him

Pi...
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God bless you... ur a good person.

Sir. Steve
Community Member
6 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

It's not like it was him who posted it ya dumb fuQ

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Flora Polvado
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is there vet care available, or even just veterinary supplies? My heart to him and those like him, we need more

Jayne Reed
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To find out more about Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel and how you can help him you can join the Facebook group Il Gattaro D'Aleppo https://www.facebook.com/groups/1509943749305018 . It is a group of people from all around the world who care about and support Alaa. Right now the need for help is urgent. Alessandra Albidin, the Administrator of the group, receives regular updates from Alaa and posts them to let us know how he is doing. She has also put together an excellent FAQ list in several languages. There are many pictures and videos each day from Alaa that are very positive. This group of people is really good and caring and there is no negativity (no discussion of politics or religion is allowed) at all. I think you would find it interesting and uplifting. I know that I do. "'I regard animals and humans in the same light. All of them suffer pain, and all of them deserve compassion.'" - Mohammad Alaa Aljaeel

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