Young Man Selflessly Cares for Saudi Arabian Strays

His mission is simple. First, he wants to improve the state of animal welfare in the country. Secondly, he wants to show people in the West that Muslims, “do not seek destruction.”

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23-year old Palestinian Shahid Samek has been helping strays in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, since his youth. His messaging is two-fold; help the animals and show people in the West that Muslims do care.

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A young man began a personal crusade to save the stray cats near his home when he was just in school in his hometown of Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia.  Today, Shahid Samek sets aside three-quarters of his monthly salary for their care and feeding, having created a make-shift shelter in which to house them.

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His mission is simple.  First, he wants to improve the state of animal welfare in the country.  Secondly, he wants to show people in the West that Muslims, “do not seek destruction,” I want to make people in the west know that we as people, as Muslims, do not kill animals and do not seek destruction and we are not terrorists. On the contrary, if we were terrorists, it would be impossible that we help the animals,” 23-year old Palestinian said in an interview with Reuters Gavino Garay.

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In addition to the shelter, Samek has a small clinic where he cares for sick and injured animals.  He is also working to raise awareness about adoption and fight against animal abuse throughout the country, being disheartened by the number of strays he finds.

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3 thoughts on “Young Man Selflessly Cares for Saudi Arabian Strays

  1. This man is truly a beautiful soul!!! Thank you for all that you are doing for the fur kids there. You are an angel. Truly, truly a beautiful man!!

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