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Fans for our animals needed – Foster homes needed!

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Summer is being very tough on our Persian cats and Griffon dogs they cannot take the heat even though we have fans working 24/7 but still their long thick hair makes it worse for them. Would any body be ready to foster some of them till end of August or even part of the summer to help ease the situation on them, some of them maybe due to travel earlier but we need to get some help with short term fosters for those poor babies please. If you can please contact Mona Khalil per email [email protected]

Thank you on behalf of ESMA’s handicapped animals!

Monday, July 15th, 2013

flight parent (320x213) Thanks to all our wonderful friends our eight handicapped animals have a new life, a new life they could not have had without your generous donations towards their travel costs. Thank you each and everyone who donated towards this worthy cause!

A Big Thank You From ESMA!

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

flight parent (320x213)Thanks to all our wonderful friends our eight handicapped animals have a new life, a new life they could not have had without your generous donations towards their travel costs. Thank you each and everyone who donated towards this worthy cause!

Emergency Appeal!!! ESMA needs your help!

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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]

1-800-Petmeds supports international animal welfare

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

ESMA wants to send a big thank you to 1-800-Petmeds for making a donation of a box of animal care supplies for the animals in our shelters. These donation box will be delivered to Cairo by one of our ESMA supporters, who will be coming to Cairo soon to volunteer at the shelter. We appreciate both the efforts of our American supporter to coordinate this donation, as well as the fact that 1-800-PetMeds is a company willing to support an organization outside the US through their shelter donations program.   Acts of generosity like this are what enable us to continue our work to improve the lives of Egypt’s animals.


From the sands of Cairo to the beaches of Miami: Mazloom’s amazing journey

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

In November 2011, a dog we later named Mazloom was found on the streets of Cairo with grave injuries to both back legs.  We thought we had seen it all, but this was one of the worst cases we treated, and no one could even imagine what might have happened to him.  Mazloom underwent a double amputation and a long recovery at the ESMA shelter.   Some called for him to be euthanized but we knew from our experience that he had a good chance for a healthy and fulfilling life with the right adopters.  A long time supporter of ESMA, Tanya Mahrous of Atlanta, Georgia, and her family saw him on our facebook page and decided to open their home to Mazloom as foster parents in spring 2012. They created his own facebook page that was constantly updated with photos and videos showing his amazing progress and personality. He caught the eye of Catherine MacDonald of Miami, Florida  and Mazloom recently settled into a happy life with his new family there.  Mazloom has a better life than we ever dreamed was possible.

Don’t miss these other amazing videos of Mazloom on his youtube channel:



Visit us at Harrods on May 28 and 29

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

We are holding a fundraiser on Saturday, May 28 from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday, May 29 from noon to 6pm. Please come visit us on the fourth floor at Pet Kingdom. For more information, please contact Julie Dodd at [email protected]

See the Results of our Protest at the Giza Zoo

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Last Saturday, ESMA and other groups protested in fromt of the zoo to raise awareness for animal welfare both in the zoo itself and in Egypt generally.

See all of our pictures here on our Facebook page

Protest at Cairo Zoo on April 16

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Media contact: Mona Khalil FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel. +0122188823, [email protected]

Societies, Individuals Unite to Demand Investigations into Corruption, Illegal Practices and Mistreatment of Animals in Egypt

On Saturday a coalition of Egyptian animal welfare societies and activists have called for a protest on Saturday the 16th of April at 11 am outside the Cairo Zoo in Giza. The protest will be held in front of the main gate of Giza Zoo overlooking the Roman Gate and Bridge. Among the organizations participating are ESMA (Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals), ESAF (Egyptian Society of Animal Friends, AWAR (Animal Welfare Awareness Research), Group, along with individual animal rights activists, supporters, and other concerned Egyptians.
According to Mona Khalil, ESMA co-founder and Board Chair, “The way Egypt treats animals is a shame. The Giza zoo is a national disgrace, Egypt has become known as a hub of the international illegal trade in wildlife, and the municipal policy of controlling street animal populations by shooting and poisoning is deplorable. Pet breeding and pet shops are part of an unregulated and illegitimate industry in which humans exploit animals for commercial gain, yet do not pay taxes or benefit the Egyptian economy. At the root of all this is a not only systemic corruption but also policy failure, as Egypt is lacking even the basic animal welfare legislation that would enable the prosecution of violators. Some will say that now is not the time to ask for animal’s rights, when human rights are still being violated. But actually there is no better time, as Egypt is trying to build a more just and humane society for all its inhabitants.”
Among the demands of protesters are an investigation into corruption in the Ministry of Agriculture’s General Organization for Veterinary Services and into mismanagement if the Giza Zoo, as well as an investigation into corruption in the Ministry of Agriculture staff and vets at Egypt’s ports and airports, and the removal of those responsible for systemic corruption and illegal and inhumane activities from their posts. They also demand that the new Egyptian government stop the widespread practice of shooting and poisoning street animals to reduce their population, calling for the adoption of more humane population control policies such as TNVR (Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release), which has been successfully implemented in other developing countries such as India.
In addition, protestors are demanding that the pet breeding and pet shops industries be regulated and forced to adhere to a guideline for basic animal welfare standards, including proper humane treatment and veterinary care of breeding animals, and acceptable housing conditions (shelter, food and water) for animals at pet shops and breeders.P
Protesters are also calling on the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs, to make sure that Egypt is adhering to the international CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) agreement, calling for the removal of its office from Giza zoo and for an end to the illegal trade in primates, reptiles and other exotic animals that are sold on the black market to theme parks, individuals, and pet stores.
Finally, they are asking for the passage of animal welfare legislation which will provide a legal standard for humane treatment of working animals, zoo animals and wildlife, animals at breeders and pet shops, as well as humane standards of slaughter or livestock. Without laws being passed, there are no legal consequences for animal cruelty and mistreatment, so animal welfare policy and legislation are critical.

Use Facebook to help ESMA raise money

Friday, March 11th, 2011