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Who We Are

Ernestos Sanctuary is situated in the Northwestern area of Syria. Our area is a war zone and is still suffering from the civil war that has affected all of Syria for the last 10 years. At our sanctuary we take care of the forgotten victims of the war. Syria’s animals. At Ernestos cat sanctuary we have over 1850 cats of all sizes, all shapes, all colours. All of them are survivors and all of them have their own story. Abandoned when their owners fled from the bombing or born onto the streets of deserted and ruined towns where survival is almost impossible. We also have a sanctuary for farm animals. Winsons farm is home to 24 dogs, 4 donkeys, 3 horses, 7 goats, 10 chickens, 2 geese, 1 duck, 5 monkeys, 2 peacocks, 3 sheep, 3 horses and 4 doves. All rescued from bad situations. We have a well-equipped, Free Veterinary Clinic in the town, where people can bring their animals for treatment free of charge. This had never been offered in this area before. We have 2 fully qualified vets and an animal nursing team. We also offer first aid and treatments to wild animals in need. We employ local residents on all our sites. We offer neutering for pets and perform many lifesaving operations every week. We advise and educate. Our mission is a simple one – to improve the lives of the animals in our area. If you would like to help us in our work, please donate.

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