It’s been nearly a year since Mohammad Alaa Jaleel, known as Alaa, rebuilt Il Gattaro D'Aleppo, a famous cat sanctuary in war-torn Syria, after the original sanctuary got bombed. Since then, Alaa and his team have worked tirelessly to create a new refuge for the surviving cats in his care — but sadly, the fighting is getting close again.
Last May, Il Gattaro D'Aleppo was rebuilt on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, in a neighborhood relatively sheltered from the fighting. The original sanctuary, which was called the House of Cats Ernesto in honor of Alaa’s cat Ernesto, had been destroyed by bombs. Two of the cats and a resident dog named Hope died.