Egyptian Mau Cats are the oldest known descendants of domesticated cats in existence since Pharaonic times, and they are one of only a few naturally-occurring, small, spotted cats in the world.
However, Maus are facing possible extinction. In their homeland,
they are currently unrecognized, routinely poisoned, and often
suffer from endemic feline diseases. Outside of Egypt, many
Maus are also endangered due to interbreeding and lack of
new bloodlines (see History).
Formed in 2004, EMRO is officially
registered as a non-profit charity in Egypt, an NGO (Non-Governmental
Organization) with charitable number #6196 effective August 23,
2005. EMRO is dedicated to rescuing these descendants of the sacred
cat of Ancient Egypt (see Who We Are).
EMRO is an adoption agency both locally and internationally for tame Maus. Adoptions are on a cost-recovery basis and by approved application. EMRO is not supported in any way by the government but exists solely through donations, vet clinic funds, private cat boarding, and through sponsorship of its cats. EMRO aims to increase education in Egypt and around the world about these magnificent and intelligent cats.
You can help out in a number of meaningful
URGENT - MISSING KITTY! REWARD OFFERED
A house kitty named Bosy is missing from the EMRO Shelter. If you have seen her, please call 2507-6946 or mobile 0715-7525. We are desperately looking for this vulnerable kitty. She is an indoor cat. Last seen in the El Mokattam area.
Undecided on What to Give for the Holidays and End-of-Year?
What about a 2014 calendar? EMRO and ECRA (Egyptian Cat Rescue of America) have assembled pictures of Egyptian street cats showing their tenacity, beauty, and daily struggles for life. This calendar shows these intelligent felines as they are on the streets of Egypt. These striking photographs were taken by one of our wonderful Volunteers, Ms. Randa, as she made her rounds, providing food to these lovely felines. Here are three samples (Cover, January, and November) of the calendar entitled "Egyptian Stray Cats" (click for larger images):
Still not convinced? Through ECRA, your purchase is now Tax Deductible! We are taking orders now for these calendars. Proceeds will go to purchasing vaccines for the EMRO cats for the upcoming winter weather rapidly approaching.
Please provide your name, address, city, state/province, and the number of calendars you are ordering. Only 100 of these calendars were ordered to be printed, so they are definitely a "limited edition" item. Price for each calendar is $15.00, plus postage. Send your information to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
For U.K. Customers: Customers in the British Isles can order this calendar from our U.K. Volunteer Ms. Teresa Given at "firstname.lastname@example.org". Cost is £8, plus postage. Please send your orders or inquiries to Ms. Given.
In Memory of Dr. Ismail Elkholy, a Donation Day has been kindly invoked for November 29, 2013, courtesy of Ms. Melanie. Please click on this link:
It is with Deep Sadness that the EMRO family must announce the passing of Dr. Ismail Elkholy, EMRO's Co-Founder. Dr. Elkholy slipped away at hospice at Noon on Monday, November 4, 2013, Vancouver, B.C., time, after a long and painful battle with Thymus Cancer.
Dr. Elkholy is now at peace after his long struggle. He was 67 years old. He leaves behind his beloved wife and EMRO Co-Founder, Ms. Gloria Lauris, and one child, his son, Ali.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made in Dr. Elkholy's memory. These donations will be used to name an EMRO room in Dr. Elkholy's honor, as well as providing a scholarship to promising students at a school in Dr. Elkholy's hometown of Qanatar. Donation inquiries should be sent to "Sponsor@emaurescue.org". (Click on kitty below for full obituary.)
EMRO Friends and Volunteers are raising funds to spay and neuter cats and kittens in Alexandria, Egypt. Too many unwanted kittens are starved, run over, kicked, and thrown into trash bins to die a slow and painful death. To find out how you can help prevent this cruelty, click on the kitten below.
Foster Parents and Foster Homes are URGENTLY Needed!
We are Desperately seeking Foster Parents and Foster Homes to shelter some of the cats and kittens which are waiting for their own Forever Homes, but which our shelter no longer has space. Being a Foster Parent is temporary. But, you will be very much surprised just how sweet and well-behaved many of these cats are when you provide them with a temporary place to live and wait to be adopted. If you need additional information about becoming a Foster Parent, click Here to go to our web page about fostering these beautiful sweet cats or contact Ms. Randa at email@example.com or Ms. Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please help. Thank you!
Have questions about your pet traveling internationally with you? Click below where you may find some of the answers you are looking for.
Any cat medicines for Ringworm, Earmites or the like, as well as donations of treats and toys, would also be very much appreciated. “Thank you” for those who have already contributed carpets and the like. Everyone is welcome to drop off the above items at the EMRO shelter door, or bring inside during shelter hours of 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, daily.
EMRO "KITTY CAM!"
Want to view the kitties in Room #4 using the EMRO "Kitty Cam"? Then go to this link and enter "admin" in Username, and enter. Watch the EMRO kitties enjoying their new, renovated living quarters!
Can you help donate towards the travel cost of our "Special Needs" or mature kitties (kitties who have been at the shelter for a long time or have been abandoned because they are no longer cute kittens)? Look for "Special Needs. " or the cat silhouette below in our "Adoptable" section.
- URGENT!! Sponsorships/adoptions help needed for a Saudi Arabia (KSA) cat rescue mission to either Egypt (EMRO) or Canada (Vancouver BC) in April/May 2013. To read further on this important mission, please click on PDF link.
- EMRO awarded a $2,000 U.S. Grant by SPCA International! Click here. Foster Parents Urgently Needed for cats and kittens. Click here.Volunteers needed. Click here.
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* * * Newsflash * * *
There has been a recent staff reorganization (as of August 7, 2012) at EMRO Headquarters. Dr. AbdelRahman Fahmy is no longer in charge, and many members of the previous staff at EMRO are no longer in residence.
EMRO appreciates your ongoing support for the cats it serves and protects, and for your patience during the present restructuring occurring at EMRO at this time. If you have any questions, or feel unsure about any of the proceedings, please feel free to contact Founder@emaurescue.org, at your convenience.
Do You Want to Have a Look at How EMRO Works?
- The EMRO Maus need your help. Why? Click on "Help EMRO Maus" YouTube video to view the Maus who have been rescued, adopted, and are now happily living in their Forever Homes with their happy Guardians.
- EMRO article in "Egypt Today" Magazine, December 2009. Click here to view. - Don't know the difference between an Egyptian Mau and Balady cat? Watch this "YouTube" video by Russian AUC student Rummana and EMRO PR Person, Rosalind Smith, to learn more. Egyptian Mau.- Watch the National Geographics video about EMRO's work. (Video opens in new
window.)- Watch the Global
Post/World Focus video about EMRO's & S.P.A.R.E.'s work
(Video opens in new window.)- Read the feature about EMRO on the MSNBC
website. (Article opens in new window.)- Explore the origins of the domesticated cat on the National Geographic Channel: Explorervideo "The Science of Cats".
PLEASE SUPPORT EMRO's CORPORATE SPONSOR: PURINA!
For more corporate sponsors, please see Sponsors
(Updated December 4, 2013)