One kindhearted man is doing what few people would ever sign up to do – take on feeding a small army of hungry cats. And by small army, we mean 150 of them! How did Alaa become the official caretaker of this band of felines? In the Syrian district of Masaken Hanano in Aleppo, residents fled heavy shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. The unfortunate effect was that the residents were forced to leave their cats behind.
Thus, 150 cats roam the district’s streets, and Alaa spends around $4 on meat each day to feed them.
He has been performing this kind gesture for two months. Without Alaa, the cats would risk starvation.
Alaa is used to taking care of others; as an ambulance driver, he has no doubt helped suffering people as civil war rages in his area.
According to The Daily Mail, it is thought at least half of the city’s population has been displaced as a result of the four-year conflict.
The fact that Alaa is still there and feeding 150 cats is quite extraordinary. Look at him feeding dozens of healthy stray cats!
We are glad these animals have a caretaker.
Admist suffering violence, it’s nice to see at least one kind thing happening, a testament to the incredible compassion and will of human beings to keep moving forward and care for others in need.
How to Protect Your Animals in a Disaster
Disaster can strike at any moment, whether it is violence, fire, a hurricane or another emergency. Do you know what you would do in an emergency? Here are some tips from our friends at PETA.
- Create an animal emergency kit now and have it readily available to quickly grab. The kit should include a harness and leash or a carrier as well as bottled water, food and water bowls, dry and canned food, and a copy of your animal companions’ medical records.
- Make sure that all your animals have collars or harnesses with identification. If they get lost, you have a better chance of finding them with an ID.
- Purchase an animal carrier that you can use to quickly take your animal with you when you need to escape.
- Never turn domesticated animals loose outdoors. Instead, domesticated animals should be left inside and put on a high-level floor with an escape route in case they need to leave from flooding, fire, etc. Remember that domesticated animals rely on humans and will not fare well when they’re put outside to live.
- Leave out at least a 10-day supply of water and dry food if you need to leave them behind.
Do you have experience with disaster and caring for animals that you can share? Leave us a comment!
Images’ source: The Daily Mail