Lola isn’t the first kitten to arrive at House of Cats Ernesto. Since war broke out in Syria in 2012, the country has experienced near constant bombings, and thousands of families have had to flee their homes. Unfortunately, many dogs and cats got left behind — and the number of strays rapidly increased.
Alaa, who works as an ambulance driver, became famous when he stayed in the war zone to feed hundreds of cats who got left behind in Aleppo. Then last year, Alaa opened an official cat sanctuary called House of Cats Ernesto, which he named after his own cat Ernesto.