EMRO Founders Meet and Honour USA Volunteers, Summer 08
Left: Aida Marina, Gloria Lauris and Heather Lewis. Right:
Heather Lewis, Ismail Elkholy, Gloria Lauris and Aida Marina
In July, 2008 EMRO founders Ms. Gloria Lauris, Dr. Ismail Elkholy
and teen son Ali Elkholy met and thanked California volunteers,
Ms. Aida Marina (Sponsorship Manager) and Ms. Heather Lewis (Adoptions
Assistant) at an informal luncheon in LA, CA. Aida and Heather have
been faithful helpers to EMRO for over the last year and assist
with sponsorships and adoptions of Maus going to the USA. It was
great to finally meet in person! EMRO wishes to thank Aida and Heather
for their wonderful and selfless support in helping the native Maus
Left: Aida Maina. Right: Packing some of the many
supplies donated by Aida to be taken to Cairo in July to aid the
Maus at the EMRO shelter!
EMRO also wishes to thank Ms. Aida Marina for her continued
extra support of the Maus through generous donations of veterinarian
and other supplies to take to Cairo to the cats, as well as donations
to help create a garden for the stray and feral cats to hide outside
of EMRO's HQ in Mokattam, Cairo Egypt.
Volunteer Takes EMRO Mau Poster to Germany and Switzerland
EMRO volunteer Rosalind Smith of Cairo, Egypt prepared a
poster for EMRO to gain interest in the cats during her recent business
trip to Germany and Switzerland. She handed out brochures and answered
questions about the ancient cats while in Europe. Well done Rosalind,
and thanks on behalf of your friends at EMRO!
Rescued EMRO Mau Cat Enters Show and Wins! (South Africa)
May 24, 08, Cape Town, South Africa: Recently adopted EMRO
shelter cat"Diab," a spayed, 2-year old bronze Mau, was
entered into a local cat show in South Africa and came first in
her category and got a certificate as well. Two more show wins,
and she will be eligible to be a "master." The adopter,
Mariana Booth, says that people were very interested and enthusiastic
to see a Mau, and she took the opportunity to distribute EMRO brochures
around to raise awareness for the breed and hope for more adoptions
of shelter cats through this route.
Maadi Madness! "Fun"draiser, May 9, 2008 Raises USD
Maadi, Cairo Egypt: Kind Mau supporters in Cairo recently
held a "fun"d raiser at home with some friends and raised
almost $1,400 US for EMRO cats! Donations were matched in kind by
Egypt Yellow Pages.
The money is gratefully appreciated and will likely be used towards
recovering some of the shredded furniture in cat rooms 1 and 2 with
any remaining money going towards further isolation cages or renovation
of cat room 1 (adoptable cats). Many thanks go to Holly, Lynsay,
Tina, Shannon and Sione for a great idea and much needed funds
raised and to Yellow Pages Egypt for matching their funds
raised! Holly and Lynsay are foster parents for EMRO cats ready
to travel and making the transition from shelter to home or needing
a break from shelter life. Holly currently is fostering Momo in
Cairo, who continues to wait for his forever home. THANK YOU from
Table top sale in Al Khobar, KSA (Saudi Arabien)
Top left: Table top participants Gloria Lauris (EMRO). Left,
middle: Terry Evans, and right: Ali Elkholy. Other scenes
show sale in action on Feb 29, 2008!
Top left: Ali Elkholy. Top right: Gloria Lauris.
Bottom left: Siham Jones and bottom right: Brigitte
Burridge and Carol Kirkland. Sale action on May 16, 2008.
On two occasions,
the mornings of Feb 29, 2008 (leap year Feb) and May 16, 2008, EMRO
and PAWS (Saudi Arabia grassroots animal welfare group) joined
forces to hold a table at the recent Oasis Gardens compound sale
for residents and workers. Donations were given by residents. About
$200 US was made at each sale (total $400), and profits were split
by PAWS and EMRO. Thanks go to volunteers Dr. Ismail Elkholy, Terry Evans, Ali Elkholy, Andrew
and Luisa Racham and Gloria Lauris (EMRO) (Feb 29, 08); and to Terry
Evans, Siham Jones (PAWS), Louise O'Loan (PAWS), Carol Twombley
(PAWS), Brigitte Burridge, Carol Kirkland from Riyadh, Ali Elkholy
and Gloria Lauris (EMRO) (May 16, 08).
Information Booths, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia May-June 08
Left pic: Gloria Lauris (EMRO) and Gabriele Casanova (PAWS),
May 4, 08. Right pic: Gloria Lauris, Coffee morning sale
and info table, June 1, 08 Saudi Arabia (KSA).
PAWS and EMRO joined forces to distribute information about
the two groups to local residents during a coffee morning on May
4, 08 and June 1 at the Oasis Gardens compound in Al Khobar, Saudi
Arabia. At the June 1 coffee morning at the compound we sold some
of the leftover items that didn't sell from the May 16 table top
sale. Gabriele Casanova is the next PAWS volunteer representative
for the compound and will work with residents and managers to give
information about local veterinary care, help with periodic trapping
of stray cats in the compound, and help raise funds for PAWS and
animals in the Gulf, especially those needing to be rehomed.
Book Signing at CSA, Cairo Egypt, January 2008
Top left: Ms. Khadija Hammond (KS Hammond) and sister Paulette
man the booth at CSA bazaar in Maadi, Cairo at the end of January
2008. Top right, left to right: Ms. Gloria Lauris (Founder
EMRO), Ms. KS Hammond (author), Ms. Paulette, Dr. Mustafa
Saleh (exotic vet and author), Dr. Ismail Elkholy (founder
EMRO). Bottom left: Ms. Khadija and Ms. Paulette snuggling
a CSA stray. Bottom Right: Author signing copies of her book.
The Legend of Pa-Miu
by K.S. Hammond
Ms. Khadija S. Hammond, American author and Egyptologist, came
to Egypt in January and stayed at the EMRO Suite while exploring
ways to help us to raise funds. One of them involved signing and
promoting her recent book about a Mau, called The Legend of
Pa-Miu, at the Community Services Association (CSA) in Maadi,
Cairo, Egypt. All proceeds of the sales went to EMRO, and dozens
of her books are available for sale in CSA's bookstore, as well
as at select hotels in Cairo. Copies of her book can also be obtained
directly from the author at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, exotic veterinarian surgeon, Egyptian-American Dr.
Mustafa Saleh, also donated several copies of his book entitled
Adventures of the Heart
about his work with animals in America and elsewhere. Proceeds went
to EMRO as well. He also brought some supplies from America for
the EMRO vet clinic.
Inservice Veterinary Sessions, EMRO January, 2008
Top left: Dr. Mustafa (exotic vet surgeon), Dr. Doaa' (assistant
EMRO vet), Dr. Nancy (EMRO vet) and Dr. Engy (EMRO vet); Top
right: The veterinarians with cat to spay, being held by EMRO
animal worker Redah; Bottom left and right: Dr. Mustafah
demonstrating spay technique and clinic hygiene and organization.
Dr. Saleh donated time and expertise to provide some inservices
not only to EMRO vets (on clinic organization and procedures, animal
handling), but also to veterinarians to other shelters in an informal
inservice at the Animal Friends shelter, where various spaying techniques
were discussed as well as client and peer relationships protocols
were examined. We hope to welcome Dr. Saleh back again in the near
future and discuss possible animal health initiatives with him.