Syria is a mess. That’s why so many people have fled the country, but one man,┬ánamed Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, stayed behind to start a sanctuary to protect and feed the many stray cats roaming around Syria.

Unfortunately, bomb strikes destroyed most of his sanctuary and killed some of the cats while the rest fled. Undaunted, Mohammad has decided to rebuild his sanctuary except instead of just rescuing cats, he’s also rescuing dogs along with several animals still stuck in a zoo including a bear, a monkey, and a tiger.

Hopefully his new sanctuary will keep his animal friends safe from harm, but if you want to learn more and possibly help his cause to protect animals, click here and help out any way you can. After all, the lives of many animals may depend on his efforts.