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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 ways:



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.



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.



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.


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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  • 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. Stray Cats Rehoming in Horan
  • 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, at your convenience.

Kind regards,
EMRO Founders

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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