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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).

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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.

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You can help out in a number of meaningful ways:




To help Elvis, please send your PayPal donations to "", or you may access the EMRO One-time Donation page here:

Make sure to add note: "For Elvis". Thank You!

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Large Native Mau cattery forced to close in Granbury, Texas, USA - Cairo Cats Cattery - all Mau cats and kittens available for adoption (see "Recent News").


Additional Recent News in "Animals and Animal Care in Egypt: Community Services Association, 2015": Article in "Oasis Magazine, August 22, 2012" by Ms. Gail Taylor regarding animal welfare in Egypt. EMRO gratefully extends its Thanks to Ms. Taylor for her generous mention of EMRO's resources. (see "Recent News").


Purina Arabia Charity Initiative

Please click on the above and "Like" Purina Arabia. This initiative will help raise awareness for animal charities and groups in the Middle East, as well as provide food donations for EMRO.

Thank You!


NEW! Click here to view adoptable Native Filipino Maus.

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Foster Parents and Foster Homes are URGENTLY Needed!

For additional information, click Here to be taken to our Foster Parents web page. Anyone wishing to be a Foster Parent, or to offer their homes as temporary Foster Homes to our cats or kittens, please contact for information and guidance.

SUPPLIES: Any cat medicines for ringworm, earmites or the like, as well as donations of treats, toys, or bedding would also be very much appreciated. “Thank you” for those who have already contributed. Everyone is welcome to drop off the above items at the EMRO door, or bring inside during EMRO clinic hours of 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM, daily. Please note, the shelter is available to public for viewing/socializing/adoption from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM daily. The shelter is currently closed to further intakes until the shelter cat numbers are reduced. Please consider adoption of one or more of our wonderful cats today!



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, which is located Here.

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Do You Want to Have a Look at How EMRO Works?YouTube logo

- The EMRO Maus need your help. Why? Click on "Help EMRO Maus" to view the Maus who have been rescued, adopted, and are now happily living in their Forever Homes with their happy Guardians. Or, you may access EMRO's "YouTube" page by clicking on the logo (at right) or Here.

- 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".

The EMRO Shelter TV News 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 by the then EMRO Manager, 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.

For EMRO corporate sponsors, please see Sponsors & Supporters.

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MERA - Natural cat and dog food from Germany. No industrial colors used, and the EMRO cats love it!
"Long live the cat" and "Long live the dog".


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(Updated January 26, 2016)


EMRO Headquarters
Villa 11, Block 4, Ground Floor, Togarayeen City
El Mokattam, Cairo, EGYPT

Telephone Landline: (Outside of Cairo) +2 022 507 6946, (Inside of Cairo) 2 507 6946
Mobile: +2 0114 748 1481 or +2 0120 566 6150

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