When the kind-hearted cat named Hala met an adorable 8-week-old stray kitten, she immediately decided that she was going to be her mom.
Meet Lola the kitten!
When Hala the cat met a 2-month-old stray kitten named Lola, she immediately decided that she was going 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, told The Dodo. “But she approached the kitten and started to clean her.”
Lola isn’t the first stray kitten to arrive at House of Cats Ernesto. Since war broke out in the country almost 6 years ago, Syria has experienced near-constant bombings, and thousands of families have had to flee their houses. Unfortunately, many animals got left behind — and the number of strays rapidly increased.
Alaa’s story went viral after he decided to stay in the war zone to take care of hundreds of cats who got left behind in Aleppo. He works as an ambulance driver and at the same time takes care of his own cat sanctuary called House of Cats Ernesto, which he named after his own cat Ernesto.
Last November, a tragedy hits Alaa after bombs hit the sanctuary, killing many cats as wells as Alaa’s own dog named Hope. Alaa fled to Turkey with his beloved cat, Ernest; however, he quickly went back to Syria to reopen the shelter in a different location in Aleppo.
Six months ago, Hala arrived at the sanctuary after she was found wandering the streets of Aleppo. Hala was a shy, sickly kitten living on the streets, and brought her to live at the sanctuary.
Now that Hala is healthy and happy, she’s helping the former stray kitten 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, told The Dodo. “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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H/T: The Dodo