Syria is a mess with their ongoing civil war. Despite the violence in that country, Mohammed Alaa al-Jaleel is determined to make a difference. That’s why he created a makeshift animal clinic in Kafr Naha to help rescue and treat cats.

“If you want to show mercy to people, start by showing mercy to everything else,” says Jaleel, who runs Ernesto’s Cat Sanctuary – named after his favorite furry friend.

Mohammed started his first cat sanctuary in 2011 when Syria’s civil war first began. That’s when he became known as the Cat Man of Aleppo. Let’s hope that more people think and act more like Mohammed and less like the people who profit and encourage violence in the first place, regardless of their nationality or religious faith.

To read more about the cat sanctuary in Syria, click here.