When three tiny white kittens were discovered discarded in a cardboard box on the street, Tamara Safaya knew she had to do something.
Most people in war-torn Damascus, Syria, probably think rescuing unwanted animals is probably the farthest thing from their minds.
But Safaya is part of SARA (Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals), a makeshift group of animal lovers who help each other rescue the stray and abandoned animals impacted by the civil unrest.
Safaya not only took the kittens off the street, through SARA’s network, she was able to find them a new mom. Lulu is a lactating mama cat who welcomed the abandoned kittens into her family.
Now, the little boy cat named Lucky and his tiny sisters, named Peace and Sedra, have the warmth and comfort they need to survive. “Sedra means ‘a little bit of the heaven,'” Safaya said.
The people like Safaya who form the Syrian Association for Rescuing Animals (SARA) are working hard to rescue animals and form a long-standing organization and shelter dedicated to saving animals.
SARA is currently operating out of their own homes, the people are just trying to save the animals they can with what resources they have. While they’re trying to get a license from the government to operate SARA, Safaya said this is difficult because the government’s resources are currently focused elsewhere.
Still, Safaya doesn’t plan on giving up. “Our future ambition is to build a shelter for animals in Damascus,” Safaya said. “There are no animal societies like this in all Syria. “
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