Hala the cat, met a 2-month-old kitten named Lola, and immediately decided to be Lola’s mom.
“Hala never had kittens before because she is so young,” Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel (known as Alaa), founder of House of Cats Ernesto, a cat sanctuary in Aleppo, Syria, said. “But she approached the kitten and started to clean her.”
Since war broke out in Syria in 2012, the country has experienced constant bombings, and thousands of families have had to flee their homes. There were many dogs and cats left behind and unfortunately, the number of strays rapidly increased.
Alaa works as an ambulance driver is considered a hero because he stayed in the war zone to feed hundreds of cats who got left behind in Aleppo. Alaa, last year, opened an official cat sanctuary called House of Cats Ernesto, named after his own cat Ernesto.
Last November tragedy struck when bombs hit the sanctuary, killing dozens of cats as well as Alaa’s beloved dog, Hope. Alaa fled to Turkey with his cat, Ernesto, but went back to Syria to reopen the sanctuary in a new location in Aleppo. Hala arrived at the sanctuary six months ago when a volunteer found her. She was a shy, sickly kitten living on the streets.
Today, Hala is healthy and happy and is helping Lola to adjust to life at the cat sanctuary.
“The kitten doesn’t know how to clean herself,” Alaa said. “So it’s the sweetest thing when Hala tries to clean the kitten every day after they eat. Hala always cleans her face.”
“Now they play, eat and sleep together,” Alaa added.
“I noticed this beautiful photo with Hala and the kitten and I asked if we had a new mom and kitten,” Alessandra Abidin, a woman who runs Il gattaro D’aleppo, a Facebook group that supports House of Cats Ernesto said. “When they explained to me that Hala just adopted the kitten, I decided to make a post about this story because I like it very much.”
“The Ernesto’s Sanctuary is wonderful project and paradise in the middle of war country,” Abidin added. “With the love and the support of people from all the world, we were able to do miracles for the animals.”
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