‘Cat Man of Aleppo’ Cares for Hundreds of Abandoned Cats in War-Torn Syria

The Syrian city of Aleppo is one of the most dangerous places to be living in right now. And, while many of its residents have left their homes to escape the war, one man has remained behind to care for the city’s hundreds of abandoned and stray cats. Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, also known as “the Cat Man of Aleppo” has rescued more than 100 cats in the war-torn city. Many of them were pets that were left behind by families that fled the country. “Some people just left them with me knowing that I love cats,” Aljaleel told the BBC.

Photo / Facebook / Cats of Syria

Photo / Facebook / Cats of Syria

He started out caring for 20 or 30 cats and now, a year later, the number has swelled to more than a hundred. Alaa started a sanctuary known as Il Gattaro d’Aleppo where he takes care of any stray that needs his help.

Photo / Facebook / Nobel Peace Prize to Alaa

Photo / Facebook / Nobel Peace Prize to Alaa

“Since everyone left the country, including my own friends, these cats have become my friends here,” he said. “I’ll stay with them no matter what happens.”



  1. Emily

    Sep 30, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Is there any sort of charity going towards this amazing man? Would love to help him feed all of those babies.

    • Leah

      Oct 1, 2016 at 11:04 am

      I was thinking the same thing!

  2. Thal

    Oct 1, 2016 at 4:24 am

    Yes I want to know also if their is a charity.I want to support!

  3. Lynn

    Oct 3, 2016 at 1:14 am

    I will too. He needs help fixing them and just feeding them. I feel bad for him and the cats. He is a sweet person

  4. lorenzo

    Oct 3, 2016 at 5:25 pm

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