Famous Cat Sanctuary in Aleppo Ravaged by Bombs

Twitter / Il Gattaro D' Aleppo

Twitter / Il Gattaro D’ Aleppo

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, “The Cat Man of Aleppo,” started a sanctuary known as Il Gattaro d’Aleppo in the war-torn city. Renewed airstrikes this week struck a children’s hospital, a blood bank, and the internationally celebrated cat sanctuary.


Aljaleel, an electrician and ambulance driver who runs the sanctuary is alive, said Alessandra Abidin, an Italian woman who helps him run a Facebook group to communicate with his supporters. On Wednesday, Abidin announced on social media that bombs had hit the sanctuary and killed multiple cats and a dog  (warning: graphic images). Bombs also struck Aljaleel’s house, killing two more cats. It’s not known yet what will become of the sanctuary, but Aljaleel has said he will care for these cats, “no matter what.” A recent video posted to Twitter shows many cats still alive and uninjured:


Twitter / Il Gattaro D' Aleppo

Twitter / Il Gattaro D’ Aleppo



  1. Mari Sellars

    Nov 17, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I am very glad to hear you are ok. I pray for your safety. I pray an organization(s) will be able to rescue the cats you are so lovingly taking care of. You need to be brought to safety. We all know you won’t leave until they are rescued. God be with you.

  2. andrea

    Nov 18, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Wars are runned by beasts. The animals are innocent victims of them. Than you for your loving task. Hope this to be end soon.

  3. amanda

    Nov 18, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    so sad to hear about this 🙁

  4. Rosie

    Nov 18, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Please stay safe. Blessings for all you do to care for and protect your magnificent cats.

  5. Shelleye

    Nov 19, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Bless you cat man. May a power higher than ourselves shelter you and your loved ones from harm. My heart is with you.

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