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A Different Type of Selfie


“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” ~Mark Twain

And so I introduce my Sunday Selfies. And yes, Mom L and I have a message for any of my readers who care to visit and comment.

A courageous human in Aleppo, Syria has chosen to remain in the war torn city to care for its humans who need transport to hospitals wherever the hospitals can remain safe to operate. And as he moved through the rubble he picked up cats along the way who had been left behind by humans who understandably fled to save their lives. Read recent update here.

Everyone in the cat blogging community knows of the Cat Man of Aleppo. Others have blogged about the recent bombing of the Aleppo cat house this week as well as the use of chlorine gas on the house and surrounding area. A place where children came to play in an play ground and to play with those cats who were identified as friendly by a red cloth collar on around their necks.

My Sunday Selfie is for the cats Mr. Alaa continues to try to tend to and save. Please do not ever forget this man and the cats of Aleppo.

So grateful for this food!

So grateful for this food!

Notice the blackened paws from escaping the bombed Ernesto Cat House.

Thank you Ceiling Cat for sending me this food

Thank you Ceiling Cat for sending me this food

Again, please notice this kitty’s darkened legs and paws from the bombs. On the day the bombs hit they also took out the children’s playground and a  local blood bank.

If you are interested in joining a small group of cat pals workin’ on the most useful call to action, visit this private Face Book group. But please be respectful of the restrictions placed on helping.

I am joining The Cat On My Head Sunday Selfie Blog Hop.

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PeeEss: Please be sure to visit the return of the AdventurCats™ with our new story—The Prohibition Error. The first episode can be found on my Friday blog post. The next episode will appear on Dash Kitten Team’s Sunday blog post.


Images taken from Il gattaro D’aleppo Face Book page.

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22 thoughts on “A Different Type of Selfie

  1. meowmeowmans on said:

    Thank you for sharing about Alaa and the cats he’s caring for. It’s hard to be hopeful, but if Alaa can have hope, so can all of us.

  2. Words escape me as to what a cruel world we’ve allowed this to become. Purrayers to Alaa and the cats. I hope those blackened paws aren’t causing any pain.

  3. This is just too sad for words, but thank you for spreading the word.

  4. mochasmysteriesandmeows on said:

    This story just breaks our hearts, and as always, the animals are the forgotten victims.

  5. This is so sad. Thanks for sharing this important story.

  6. So sad to think of these poor, frightened cats. But if the Cat Man of Aleppo can remain hopeful so can we. We will keep spreading the word and encouraging animal lovers everywhere to donate to the cause.

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  8. So much tragedy in these war torn places, we must remember not only the peeps affected but all the animals too. Thanks for sharing this story.

    Woos – Lightning and Misty

  9. So very sad to see such useless destruction, and the innocent cats are victims. Thank goodness for the Catman of Aleppo and all of those that are trying to help. I will definitely visit the FB group for more info. Thanks for sharing this very important information. I’ve been curious for years the effect of war and terror on cats. This says just how bad it is.

  10. How could such a turribull fing happen to Mistur Aleppo an all his katss an to bomm a children’ss place of play iss so wrong???
    Wee sends purrayerss fur all who are affected an hope there iss a way to help such a kind man an his katss!!!
    **nose rubsss** Dhartha Henry xxxx

  11. Thank you for sharing this. It’s heartbreaking but if we can help, we must do all we can.

    Just wish all the evil in the world gets wiped out. But it won’t happen 😦

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  12. pilch92 on said:

    I wish there was a way to get him and all these cats out of there.

  13. Humans seem to find far too many ways to hurt and harm. IMHO, that catman deserves the highest reward/recognition possible – if others heard about him, they would realize that didn’t need to copy the narrow-minded patterns that brought that area to rubble. I’m glad so many of us as doing what we can to assist him.

  14. That is so sad. I hope that a solution is found.

  15. What happened to this man and the cats he is caring for is a travesty. We purr for all of them.

  16. Way back when we first read about this wonderful man and his work to help the homeless cats we have prayed every day for their safety. It was so sad to hear of the bombing and destruction – AGAIN. Thank heavens there are many who want to help him and his work get back on track……so sad.

    Hugs, Sammy

  17. Thank you so much for spreading the word about the Alaa and the cats needing help!

  18. We will be neck deep in this now the Adventurcats are underway. Our Middle Earth Monday post will echo your well written words. It hurts our heart to hear the news but we will act, we will not just offer empty words – we aim to help as much as we can.

  19. Thank you for sharing this…. I was devastated to here what had happened, and I would urge all good folk to do what they can. Despite SOME mens seeming inherent determination to destroy the earth and all of God’s creatures, oft in the name of God, there are good folk that strive against the odds, and put those others to shame. Our heart goes out to Mr Alaa and the cats and those in need. purrs Erin

  20. I second What Momma Kat and her Bear Cat said,so thankful for people like that man in Aleppo,xx Speedy and Mum Rachel

  21. mistletoeandhitch on said:

    Even in the Hell that Aleppo has become, good and love find the nourishment and sunlight to grow and flourish. Like a flower pushing through the cracks in the pavement hope lives as long as humans continue to fight for the innocent. I think so many of us are touched by what the Catman of Aleppo has done, at least in part, because we hope that we would have the fortitude to do the same. There are so many things happening in our World that I cannot understand, I thank the Catman of Aleppo and all the others, including MomL, that fight for the helpless and the innocent. You all shine a light on the path out of the darkness. 🕯

  22. My thoughts on humanity at the moment aren’t appropriate for a proper blog … so I will just say that I’m glad that there are people who break the mold and don’t accept what everyone else is resigned to.

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