This Iraqi saves the puppies and kittens of her city

This Iraqi is saving animals in her city

Location: Amarah, Iraq

School teacher Zainab al-Obeidy has turned her home into a shelter

where she fosters and treats animals off the streets

before putting them up for adoption

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TEACHER AND ANIMAL CARETAKER, ZAINAB AL-OBEIDY, SAYING:"The ones that suffer most on the streets are the small puppies, who are without their mommies. The first thing I do is give them a medical examination with the veterinarian, to see if they need surgery or anything like that. Then I bathe them and take care of them, until I find someone to adopt them."

The 26-year-old has helped more than 50 animals

She currently hosts five dogs and eight cats

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) TEACHER AND ANIMAL CARETAKER, ZAINAB AL-OBEIDY, SAYING:"People made fun of me at first, saying: 'People are dying and you are taking care of animals.' But I didn't care. On the contrary, I worked harder. And God willing, soon I will establish a rescue team for dogs and cats."

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