The Bethlehem Animal Shelter is the only animal shelter in the West Bank.
The mission of the shelter is to reduce the suffering of street animals and to advocate humane behavior through providing rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary to abandoned, neglected and abused dogs and cats.
Leading the shelter is Diana George Babish. Diana has dedicated her life to saving the animals. In 2017, the former banker left her paid job to focus full-time on rescuing and rehoming street dogs and cats from across the West Bank.
Using donated funds, a small shelter was built in 2014. The shelter was built to accommodate 20 to 30 animals. Unfortunately, the space is already too small, housing over 80 animals with daily calls for shelter volunteers to make more rescues.
The current shelter is also under constant threat of closure and eviction. Municipal authorities have cut water supplies to the shelter and regularly leave poison around the shelter in a bid to move it.
Read more about Diana and the shelter :
Facebook - The Dodo, July 2019
Catholic News Service - Palestinian Catholic cares for abused dogs, October 2018