To save stray animals from the clutches of death and human violence, Tunisian veterinarian Raoudha Mansour turned her house into an animal shelter in the governorate of Nabeul, northeastern Tunisia.

Fostering 150 cats and 25 dogs, Mansour, who has a passion for animals from a young age, said stray animals are badly mistreated by citizens and the government which kills them in "collective sniping operations".

"I turned my house into a shelter, we host 150 cats, and they are increasing day by day," Mansour said.

"We started with a few, then they increased, we also host 25 dogs. Thank God, I am trying to help them as much as I can.

"I may have had the chance and luck because I am a veterinarian, the animals you see here, they are all sterilised, they are all vaccinated, I mean, I practise my profession on animals that came from the street and I want to provide another life for them.

"I am very happy with this life. There are many who ask me how can I stand seeing difficult cases, but I say I am very lucky to be able to treat them."

The animal shelter, established in 2007, is supported by Mansour herself and animal welfare associations that donate food and medicine.

Mansour's friends also created an organisation called Doctor Mansour's Support Association to fundraise for the shelter to enable her to continue her work and get animals off the streets.