Syria - Amidst War And Poverty, There Is A Group Of Citizens That Go Out Into The Streets At Night To Feed And Rescue The Stray Cats And Dogs.

The organization is known as SARA (Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals) a non-profit named after founder Sara Orfali.

Photo courtesy of SARA (Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals).

Photo courtesy of SARA (Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals).

I spoke with spokeswoman Julie Jaghnoon, who moved to Canada from Syria two years ago and is still in daily contact with the organization. 

Photo courtesy of SARA (Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals).

Photo courtesy of SARA (Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals).

In spite of the fact that the city is not a war zone, the surrounding cities are war zones, (approximately 15 km away), occasionally, terrorists from war zones fire missiles into the city of Damascus. Julie talks about a recent event when a missile fell close to the shelter,  "all the dogs were frightened. But this should not stop us, and we are continuing in working and bringing more animals into our shelter every day as if nothing is happening".  says Julie. The shelter is still opened and Sara and all the employees and volunteers are still working, they won't let the war affects them. 
 

Photo courtesy of SARA (Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals).

Photo courtesy of SARA (Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals).

As well as having a shelter for rescue cats and dogs, Sara with the help of volunteers devises feeding campaigns for the strays. The team goes out into the dusty streets of Damascus, at night, placing bowls of food and water for many hungry stray cats and dogs. They go out in the night because the residents are hostile towards people that feed the stray animals.
 

there are no laws in place to protect the strays, so people, especially children abuse and torture them. Because of complaints from citizens about the strays, the Syrian government will either poison or shoot them.

To help keep the stray population's down the organization also performs neutering surgeries for the female dogs


Since she was a child, Sara has constantly adored animals and began safeguarding animals in her vicinity. Other individuals saw what she was doing and chosen to join her.

 

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SARA - Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals

Photo courtesy of SARA (Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals).

Photo courtesy of SARA (Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals).

 

 

Sara Orfali. Photo courtesy of SARA (Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals).

Sara Orfali. Photo courtesy of SARA (Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals).