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Pets
Animals that have lived as part of a family for many years, giving love, affection and loyalty, are being abandoned out of sheer ignorance. This is due to lack of awareness as to the responsibility of owning a pet, lack of knowledge in regards to animal behaviour, as well as a seemingly growing lack of responsibility and disregard for these living, feeling beings.
 
Many parents buy animals for their children who quickly grow bored of the animal and stop looking after it; the parents in turn never wanted to look after the animal in the first place and so simply get rid of it: it’s fate is either at a shelter, or the streets.
 
The concept of an animal being part of the family is a valued and much appreciated occurrence in certain echelons of Egyptian society, but there are still those who are quick to disregard the pet they bought as though it were a mere toy.
 


Backyard Breeding

Also known as puppy mills, these backyard breeders have been cropping up all over Egypt for many years. Breeding is a seedy operation where hundreds of animals continue to suffer. They are little more than breeding machines, chained for what seems like eternity in dirty, dire conditions.
 
What is a backyard breeder?
A backyard breeder is a person who:
• Breeds unregistered purebred animals and sells them as purebred animals without papers
• Wants to make some quick money
• Sells unregistered purebred animals for the same price, or a price higher than, registered purebred animals with papers
• Doesn’t care who buys their animals or for what purpose
• Lets animals go at 7 weeks (or younger) to avoid paying for vaccinations
• Puts their animals up for sale at irreputable pet shops or places like Souk El Gom3a
• Is inexperienced in genetic good health or defects
• Inflicts cruelty upon the animal: the animal is tied, not fed or watered, not given proper veterinary care
 
The dame and sire are usually stolen purebred dogs. They’re either directly stolen or are bough from dog markets. The dogs usually suffer from malnutrition, illness, flea and tick infestations and either eventually die, are abandoned or are simply given up to the streets when they can no longer breed.
 
Many years ago, we were notified of, and rescued a beautiful German Shepherd tied to railings in a stairwell, acting as little more than a puppy-making machine. The rescued dog was unable to walk properly, due to his being forced to breed every single day.
 
If you know of any backyard breeders please contact us.


Animal Hoarding

What is an animal hoarder?
An animal hoarder has a very large number of animals, but cannot provide adequate food, water, sanitation, veterinary care, and is in denial of that fact.
 
Typically, animal hoarders exhibit obsessive compulsive behavior, and are ultimately unable to part with their animals.
 
Effects of Animal Hoarding
Though there is no intent of abuse to the animals, it is in fact considered a form of animal abuse.
Because there are so many animals, they inevitabley end up being neglected: they’re ill, malnourished, unclean, overcrowded, are living in unhygienic conditions. These conditions often result in death.
 
The repercussions of this act also sound on the rest of the community, which make for an unfortunate and uncomfortable situation for everyone involved.
 
There have been quite a few cases of cat hoarders that were reported to S.P.A.R.E. by concerned neighbours and building tenants, and we have tried to deal with the problem to the best of our abilities.
 
In one case, we were asked to intervene between building tenants and a man who had 40 cats in his home. The tenants contacted us to try and get him to give up the cats.  He was neither financially equipped to care for 40 cats, nor was he able to physically care for them due to his advanced age. He simple loved these animals and wanted to give every cat he saw a home off the streets.
 
However, due to both his mental and financial status, he was unable to adequately provide for them, which resulted in an uncomfortable situation for everyone involved.
 
The cats were not vaccinated or de-wormed; they had fleas; fought with each other causing injuries, and were not given proper veterinary care. Cat feces and urine were all over the house, and the odor was so over-whelming that it started to spread throughout the building. The cats weren’t being fed or watered, and many of them were suffering from terrible diseases. There were also some dead animals that the man had not disposed of. He also refused to give up any of the cats.
 
If you know of anyone who faces this problem, please contact us.
 
Kindly note that we did not take photographs so as not to disturb the gentleman in any way. The photos here are merely an illustration of the extent to which animal hoarding can reach.

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