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ESMA is home to a great many animals, including a large number of dogs.
With food supplies in short supply, meals have been reduced to just once a day.
Following the political unrest within Egypt, Animals Asia has received reports from the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA) concerning the deteriorating situation and the impact this is having upon animals in the major cities.
There has been a large increase in abandonment of animals onto the streets of major cities. Some of this is due to foreigners leaving the country but not being able to take their animals with them.
Mona Khalil from ESMA said in an email dated 2nd Feb ‘..we are left with a list of names and homes to check on animals and others are trying to find people to care for their animals , friends were leaving in a devastating state and crying horrifically today as they were driven to the airport. We are collecting abandoned animals too, that are clearly home animals as some did not know what to do so they released their pets on the streets’
Susie Nassar, Founding member of ESMA has said that the situation is mayhem. ESMA are currently trying to care for 600 animals at their shelter and provide support for the animals being abandoned onto the streets. Susie says ‘We are terrified of how many 'pets' may have perished in the locked up pet shops. We are in a continuous struggle to 'keep afloat' at our shelter. We didn't have any vets for one week as they were unable to get to the shelter due to road blocks and curfews. The shelter and the care of our 600 plus animals was the responsibility of a few workers who agreed to stay 24/7 at the shelter. Unfortunately the absence of our vets has resulted in some deaths and serious cases for some of our animals. We are continually struggling to locate/buy food, medicines, pay the rent and the workers salaries, and even find detergents and disinfectants. We are only able to offer our animals one meal, instead of the usual 2 meals per day. Some of the very sick animals will be taken by rented car tomorrow to an outside vet for x rays, treatment, and a possible amputation needed for one of the dog .
Staff and volunteers stay on-site rather than risk being unable to reach the shelter.
Already over capacity, the shelter needs urgent development to care for the huge influx of abandoned animals.
Caught in the chaos of the street protests, this dog has a bullet removed from his neck.
Urgent veterinary help, including emergency amputations, is needed for badly injured animals.
The ESMA require urgent financial help
To enable them to provide for the basic needs of the shelter. Most of the wholesale shops have been burnt down and they have to buy food at higher market prices due to the shortage of supplies.
To obtain medical supplies. Most of the shops that supply veterinary medical supplies are closed.
To buy specific dog and cat food: to meet the needs of animals with special dietary requirements.
To take sick animals to veterinary clinics. Since the start of the riots vets have been unable to reach the shelter due to road blocks. ESMA is taking animals in critical need to vets where possible.
To continue to provide a home for animals arriving: as victims of tear gas bombs, being hit by cars in the rush of the riots, or being abandoned. This situation will continue to deteriorate throughout the political unrest.
In addition, ESMA is appealing for help from the international community for qualified vet teams to come to Egypt to deal with emergencies and provide support for TNR programs, the development of new shelter facilities to accommodate the number of animals expected to be found in pet shops and abandoned on the streets, and medical and food supplies to meet the needs of these animals.