Emergency Appeal!!! ESMA needs your help!

ESMA needs your help: please consider becoming a regular supporter, at any level.

Dear ESMA community, we need your help. We are again facing and unknown level of social unrest along with economic effects here in Egypt, based on recent political events. We are blessed to have the number of supporters and followers that we do, but are forced to come to you to ask for your financial support, in a time when economic pressures within Egypt have caused us to lose one third of our local regular monthly contributions, and the price increases on basic commodities have caused our expenses to skyrocket.  We are entirely supported from individual donors within Egypt and from abroad. Yet we have to continue to meet our basic operating expenses every month, whatever the rate the donations come in.

We are facing a financial crisis for several reasons: because we have continued to see a drop in our local contributions, as Egyptians are finding they have to cut unnecessary expenses including donating to local charities. At the same time, the price on meat, chicken, rice and bread, as well as dry pet food, has continued to rise.  Working in Egypt, animal welfare falls ever lower on the list of concerns when the social, economic and political climate continues to worsen for people, but we have to continue in spite of these obstacles.  We are now facing unpaid bills to our food vendors, the lifeline for our animals, and the prospect of a long and hot summer.

As those of you who follow this page already know, we have had to close our door to any new admissions excepting only the most urgent ones. We struggle to simply meet the immense ongoing monthly costs to care for almost 900 souls in our cat and dog shelters. We are coming to you now to ask you to please consider becoming a regular supporter, at any level.

With over 20,000 followers on Facebook, we hope that some of you will choose to help us. How can you do that?

1. If you have never contributed, we hope you will consider joining the regular sponsors we now have and signing up to make a regular monthly donation, any amount is appreciated.

2. If you are already making a monthly contribution, consider raising it by even a few dollars.

3.  If you cannot contribute but believe in what we are doing, there may be someone you know who can, so pass the word along to your friends who love animals.

We estimate that it costs 300 Egyptian Pounds to provide care to a cat or dog every month, or approximately 40 USD. But we have monthly donors who give anywhere from ten to one hundred dollars a month, and any amount is welcome. All of the money received by ESMA in Egypt or through Animal Diplomacy goes directly for food, medical treatment and shelter of the animals.

If you live in Egypt:

  If you are local, please contact us to arrange for your donation to be picked up at your home or work. Contact Mona Khalil at 01222188823 or

[email protected] for arrangements.

If you live outside Egypt in Europe, the US, or Australia:

ESMA is a project of Animal Diplomacy, a registered US charitable organization in the US that supports our work. Make a recurring or one-time donation from almost anywhere in the world through

Animal Diplomacy.

If you live in the UK:

Please contact Julie Dodd of ESMA UK at

[email protected] for details of our UK account.

If you have any questions about making a donation, please contact ESMA treasurer Debbie Smith at [email protected]

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