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Native Mau Cats of Egypt are the oldest known descendants of Egyptian domesticated cats (which have provided a partial foundation for the recent Egyptian Mau cat breed), 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 ways:



TAZO, the EMRO "Cat Founder" - R.I.P.

Tazo, the silver Egyptian Mau adopted in Canada by the EMRO Founders, and who prompted the founding of the EMRO Shelter in Cairo, Egypt, passed away during the last two weeks of April 2014 of chronic Pancreatitis. He was 14 years old. After the Founders adopted him, they went about seeking a companion for him. However, when they were unable to locate another Egyptian Mau, and saw just how poorly Egyptian Maus were treated in Egypt, they founded the EMRO Shelter.

Tazo resided in Burnaby, B.C., Canada in his second adopted home for 8-9 years, living the good life with his loving Guardians and his buddy, Bailey (see pictures below). Although he was on a special diet for many years, the chronic Pancreatitis took its toll, and he faded quickly.

All of us at EMRO, as well as Friend's and Volunteers, are saddened by this kitty's passing. However, we are joyful that the love and caring of one little cat established a place to provide shelter, medical treatment, and to make Life better for cats in Cairo, as well as to preserve the famous Egyptian Mau. We celebrate what the love of a single animal can do to help drive a person to create a new place where Life can be improved for so many.

Thank you, Tazo, and Thank You Founders/Volunteers/ Friends of EMRO for helping us remember and celebrate an event which makes this world a better place for both people and animals.

Below: Tazo after first being adopted; Tazo and buddy, Bailey, shortly before Tazo's passing in April 2014.

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SPECIAL MENTION: 1947 "Time Magazine" article featuring a blind woman and her seeing-eye cat, Baby, a white Persian kitty. Click on the link below to read the article.


Foster Parents and Foster Homes are URGENTLY Needed!

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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 or Ms. Cheryl at 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.



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.



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.


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. Special needs" or the cat silhouette below in our "Adoptable" section.Cat Sil

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The EMRO Shelter TV Interview - 2014

Click on the below link to view the most recent TV interview made of the EMRO Shelter by Mr. Ahmed Eid at The people being interviewed are Mr. Khaled Elkholy, Manager, Dr. Ahmed (the new EMRO vet on duty during that day), and a glimpse of EMRO Administrators Ms. Orchid and Mr. Mostafa, both seen at the office desk. Duration of video is 9.21 minutes, is entirely in Arabic, but the dedication of the EMRO Staff can clearly be seen and appreciated. It was aired on Egyptian TV on April 15, 2014.


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".


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