a man creates a sanctuary to help stray dogs threatened with euthanasia by the municipality

For years, a fifty-year-old Palestinian has been helping stray dogs in Gaza by collecting them in his shelter, but also at home. Saeed al-Err also saves dozens of cats and horses in distress.

Saeed al-Err, 50 years, is the father of 8 children, but he sees them more and more rarely. This resident of Gaza spends most of his days rescuing stray dogs and those he cares for at his shelter, reports The Guardian.

Its reception structure, called Sulala Animal Rescueis the first to Gaza, and the only one for the moment. It’s home to over 350 dogs, but on another site, a house he rents, Saeed al-Err supports 40 cats. At home, he welcomes about thirty others. Hundreds of animals, including donkeys and horses, have been saved by this man, his family, and his teams of employees and volunteers.

If he loves them all without exception, a special bond unites him to minwer, a cat who is always the first to welcome him when he returns home after his long and exhausting days. ” If I get under the blanket to stay warm, he’ll pat my hand to lift it so he can join merecount Saeed al-Err. I dream that one day all animals find a safe space like Minwer “.

He explains that he has always helped animals, but that he decided to step up a gear when the municipality announced on social networks that it would pay nearly 3 euros for each stray dog ​​killed. Shocked, he responded to these publications, then the next morning, he went to the town hall to show him that his approach was wrong. The authorities heard him and finally gave up their campaign, after removing the posts in question.

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For lack of resources, he had almost closed his refuge

Saeed al-Err then took out a bank loan and rented a property to accommodate the dogs and cats. He invested his own money and received some donations. However, a year later, he was running out of resources and was considering closing his small sanctuary. He even had to sell his car to continue feeding and caring for the animals. This is where the town hall came back to him to ask him to open a municipal shelter.

Saeed al-Err is delighted to be able to continue his work, even if he is overwhelmed. ” Every day I get about 10 phone calls about animals in need of rescue. I would like to have half an hour just for me “, he confides.

He can count on the precious help and support of his wife. Sallywho ” takes care of everything. She also takes care of all the sick cats I have at home, he continues. She gives them their medicine and feeds them. I couldn’t have done anything without her “.

The person concerned indicates that the hardest thing for her is time management, especially when she has serious cases to deal with. Sally cites the example of a cat with broken jaw. I have to crush the food and give it to him carefully. But I don’t mind. It’s a good deed “.

The worst for Saeed al-Errit is ” when you see an animal die. Usually people hear about the successes and the animals we save, but it doesn’t always happen that way. It’s good for animals to have someone around them during their last moments, to die peacefully instead of being alone and scared “.

His dream: to open a veterinary clinic and well-equipped shelters

There are obviously much happier moments, like the one experienced with Lucy. The latter is a dog who became paralyzed after a road accident. Since there are no leg prostheses Gaza, he decided to make her a cart with what he had on hand. His brother, a mechanical engineer, helped him design the device. When Lucy learned to move with it after some hesitation, she never stopped running.

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Saeed al-Err welcomes the fact that today the Gazans are more aware of animal issues. More and more people are adopting, and it is receiving growing support locally, but also internationally. A foreign organization notably offered to pay 6 months of salary for 2 employees of the shelter. Other municipalities have contacted him with a view to opening their own shelters.

There is still a long way to go, we are only at the beginning. I hope that, one day, I will be able to create a specialized clinic to care for all animals. I hope to have fully equipped shelters and educate everyone about animals », concludes Saeed al-Err.

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