A very special dog living outside a cat sanctuary never gives up on love.
Just 3 weeks ago, we shared the story of two unlikely friends that had found each other in war ravaged Syria, dog Amira and kitten Junior.
Amira’s life has been one of heartbreak and loss, but with the help of an inspiring man, Mohammad Alaa Jalee, better known as The Cat Man of Aleppo, she has been given the love she so desires.
Unfortunately, not all the rescued souls born into this difficult life stay with us as long as we want them too. On May 30th, Alaa shared a devastating update on the groups Facebook page about the duo.
We have come through war and explosions and such bad times that we couldn’t see the way ahead. We came through and we carried on always with light at the end of the tunnel and our hearts and minds set on happier days.
But there are some days when we feel so sad and despondent that the way ahead suddenly becomes dark again. We have to inform you that this morning, our sweet little Junior was found dead, and we are so hurt and upset that we still cannot prevent the deaths of some of our kittens.
In the last few weeks the kittens have had the best care that our team at Ernestos can provide. They have all had regular health checks from Dr Yoossef. They have had the finest food that we can provide and so much love and attention. We are still not able to provide the inoculations that we think might save more of our babies and this is a great sadness for us.
All of the Il Gattaro team are heart broken at the loss of our little star. Please join with us in remembering him with love. We are so sorry that we have to bring you this news.
Rest in peace little Junior. Fly free little star.”
The life of a rescuer doesn’t allow for time off to grieve however, and the very next day, fate brought a new soul in need of saving to their doorstep.
A puppy was found abandoned in a barrel of diesel fuel!
The team worked diligently to wash and cleanse the young pup of the thick black muck. Thankfully, he had no other signs of trauma or injuries.
The new pup was named Henry.
Three days later, once he was checked out by a veterinarian and had many more baths, lonely Henry met Amira. Workers hoped this was destiny for Amira and the new puppy would be a comfort to her in her time of loss.
Amira was a bit hesitant at first, sniffing at the small puppy. So used to the scent of cats and kittens, she may not have recognized her own kind! But the two soon realized they were special in their own rights and bonded. Amira even shares her beloved teddy bears with her new foster baby now.
The pup who needed a mom and the dog whose heart opens to all, found love in each other. Now they spend their time outside the cat sanctuary, guarding their feline extended family as a happy pair.
Look at the twinkle in Amira’s eyes again!
We wish these two cuties a long and happy life together, cherishing every moment of time spent together!
As for the cats, kittens and all other animals that are being rescued EVERY day by dedicated volunteers and workers at the House of Cats Ernesto, may you all live out your lives in peace, health and happiness! Thank you to the selfless humans for the continued work you’re doing in a seemingly hopeless environment!
For those questioning the lack of vaccinations, the shelter explains the hardships relating to these lifesaving medications below. For more information or to show your support, please follow their Facebook page here.
To answer those questions about getting vaccines to the sanctuary it is, at this time, impossible for the following reasons:
(1) The borders into the area of Syria where the sanctuary is located are closed. (2) There are sanctions against animal medicines entering Syria. (3) There is no refrigeration at the sanctuary.
From the time a vaccine leaves the manufacturer to the time it is injected into the animal vaccines cannot be exposed to light, heat, or excessive cold. “Virtually all vaccines used in small and large animal veterinary medicine, including lyophilized (freeze-dried) and liquid forms, must be stored in the dark between 35°F (2°C) and 45°F (7°C)”. Thank you for your understanding.
There remains a constant financial need for anesthesia and other medicines when they can be acquired and, of course, the need for nutritious food to keep the animals as healthy as possible.”