Palestinian Diana Babish, an ex-banker from Bethlehem, takes care of dogs at the first dog shelter in the West Bank, in the town of Beit Sahour near the biblical city, on August 25, 2017.(AFP / Musa AL SHAER)
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Palestinian Diana Babish enters a cage full of dogs at a rare shelter in the West Bank and is immediately swamped by puppies clamoring to be picked up or petted.The shelter opened 18 months ago in the West Bank town of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem after Babish gave up a 20-year career in banking to devote her life to care for the animals.As she makes her way into the shelter, she pats each puppy as she searches for one particular dog that needs an injection for a bite injury.About 200 puppies and 130 mature dogs have been treated, given affection, fed and prepared for adoption since the shelter opened.The cost of running the shelter is high – around $60,000 a year, says Babish, as the dogs need 50 kilograms of food each day, much of it leftovers from nearby chicken farms.
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