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Abandoned Dog Finds Exact Right Person To Help Her — And Her 15 Puppies

"We want to build a house for them."

A man who who became famous for saving animals through the Syrian civil war has just rescued a dog - and her whole litter of puppies.

'Cat man' of Aleppo saving abandoned mother dog
Il Gattaro D'Aleppo
'Cat man' of Aleppo saving abandoned puppy
Il Gattaro D'Aleppo

Mohammad Alaa Jaleel, an ambulance driver known as Alaa or "the cat man of Aleppo," started a cat sanctuary in east Aleppo, Syria, which helped give local children a glimmer of hope through war - waging almost nonstop since 2012. As thousands of families fled to save their lives, many pet cats and dogs got lost in the chaos, and Alaa's sanctuary took them in.

'Cat man' of Aleppo with stray cat
Il Gattaro D'Aleppo

Soon he had over a hundred cats.

'Cat man' of Aleppo's old sanctuary in East Aleppo
Il Gattaro D'Aleppo

But when the sanctuary was bombed, as government forces surged into the east portions of the city last fall, Alaa stayed until the last possible moments, moving the animals, until he too had to flee to save his life.

Now, after a few months in Turkey, he's returned to Syria and has rebuilt the sanctuary. The sanctuary is filling with needy animals again. Already Alaa has taken in several stray and hungry cats.

Stray cat at the 'cat man' of Aleppo's new sanctuary in Syria
Il Gattaro D'Aleppo
Rescued stray cats at the new House of Cats Ernesto sanctuary in Syria
Il Gattaro D'Aleppo

And in late March, in an open field just 10 minutes from his sanctuary, Alaa came across a hungry dog, who was hiding her 15 puppies.

'Cat man' of Aleppo saving abandoned dog and her puppies
Il Gattaro D'Aleppo
'Cat man' of Aleppo holding abandoned puppy
Il Gattaro D'Aleppo

It's thought that the mother dog and her puppies were abandoned there.

So Alaa decided to adopt the whole family.

Puppy abandoned in Syria
Il Gattaro D'Aleppo

While the sanctuary is rushing to build a place for the family at the sanctuary, he goes and visits the mother and her puppies every day - with dinner.

After just a couple of weeks, the little dogs are already bigger and stronger, thanks to their mom, who found the exact right person to help them.

'Cat man' of Aleppo saving abandoned dog and her puppies
Il Gattaro D'Aleppo

"We want to build a house for them," Alessandra Abidin, Alaa's friend who runs the private Facebook group for Il Gattaro d'Aleppo ("the cat man of Aleppo") from her home in Italy, told The Dodo.

'Cat man' of Aleppo saving abandoned dog and her puppies
Il Gattaro D'Aleppo
One of the puppies the 'cat man' of Aleppo is saving
Il Gattaro D'Aleppo

To help Alaa and all the animals he saves, you can request to join this Facebook group. If you know of a veterinarian in Syria willing to help the sanctuary's rescued stray animals, contact Abidin.

'Cat man' of Aleppo holding puppy he's saving
Il Gattaro D'Aleppo

To learn more about Alaa's years-long mission to save stray and abandoned animals in Syria, watch the video below: