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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, Native Egyptian 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).

Mau Cat looking for food in trash bin.

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 Native Egyptian 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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As of February 27, 2017, EMRO Management has decided that, due to the current economic climate, the EMRO Shelter, unfortunately, has to shut its doors very soon since it can no longer afford to keep functioning. During the next couple of months, EMRO will handle the legal paperwork necessary for closure, and will continue to diligently rehome the remaining 40 or so cats remaining. Please indicate ASAP if you are interested in any of the cats, who desperately need homes, to help facilitate the process.
Thank You So Much to all of our Volunteers, Staff, and Supporters of EMRO over the past 12+ years. Hopefully, EMRO has reduced the suffering of at least a few animals during the aforementioned years, while providing a livelihood for a few workers, while raising awareness of the plight of the Native Mau. The ongoing animal welfare work "torch" is now passed onto other NGO groups in Egypt and both we, and they, would be very grateful if you would provide them with your continued support.





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 Needed!

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!


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(Updated March 1, 2017)


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

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