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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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WTG are active all over the world and they are a non-profit animal welfare organisation based in Berlin (Germany). Their vision marries very well with the vision of Ernestos House of Cats. A world in which animals are appreciated and treated according to their needs. In their work for animal welfare, they focus on countries and regions of the world that have little protection for animals. Regions like ours in war torn NW Syria. WTG (Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V) are Ernestos partners at our free clinic. Their assistance in helping with vaccines, medicines, veterinary equipment and some of the high costs of our free clinic, over the last years, has been invaluable, and throughout the earthquake devastation their emergency funding and supplies of vaccines, medicines and rescue equipment helped us to save the lives of many animals. Their aid helps us to concentrate on essential costs at Ernestos Sanctuary and Winsons Farm and on vital supplies and equipment for both clinics and sanctuaries. You will all have seen the green and white posters on the wall of our Free Clinic, with the name WTG in prominent letters. You will also see the letters WTG on the teeshirts of the Vets team. It is also on the side of our mobile, animal ambulance which WTG kindly provided for us at the time of the earthquake. It has made it easier for out vets to travel to outlying areas and help more animals. It is a self-contained mobile clinic and we can treat many animals on site. All over the world they are helping charities with projects large and small. Their vision is a world in which animals are noticed by people and treated with respect and humaneness. Their animal protection work focuses on developing and emerging countries, where there are hardly any measures to protect animals. Together with local partner organizations, they ensure sustainable improvements in the lives of strays, farm animals and wild animals as part of their animal protection projects, including wildlife protection centres, mobile veterinary clinics and castration campaigns. Through animal protection education, they simultaneously increase the population's awareness of the needs of animals. As part of the VETS UNITED program, together with the World Animal Welfare Foundation, WTG are committed to improving the transfer of sound theoretical and practical knowledge in the training and further education of numerous professional groups in the field of animal health. The aim is to firmly anchor the idea of ​​animal protection in animal health work and to provide professional animal health care. They are also committed to strengthening animal protection in development cooperation projects. In exceptional situations and global crises such as the corona pandemic or natural disasters that pose an acute threat to animals or animal welfare, they provide immediate assistance. For more details on the outstanding work they are doing around the world please see their website -

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For beautiful, original watercolour paintings of our animals, painted by American artist Mimi Boothby, and other merchandise, including prints, bags, note books and teeshirts