Don’t abandon us, we don’t transmit coronavirus, say Cairo’s dogs and cats

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A veterinarian Corolos Majdi treats Dizzy, a three-months-old female Siberian Husky at the Animalia Veterinary Clinic center, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cairo. (Reuters)
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The owner of Bosy, a female cat, gives her a kiss during treatments at the Animalia Veterinary Clinic center, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cairo. (Reuters)
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Jehan Shehatah carries Lola, a French Poodle dog, as they wait for a treatment at the Animalia Veterinary Clinic center, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cairo. (Reuters)
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Updated 27 May 2020

Don’t abandon us, we don’t transmit coronavirus, say Cairo’s dogs and cats

  • Doctors at the clinic decided to let the pets spread the message
  • Pets looked after at home are highly unlikely to spread any disease

CAIRO: The dogs and cats of a Cairo veterinary clinic have an important message, and they are taking it to the Internet.
Don’t abandon us. We don’t spread the coronavirus.
“We started this campaign after noticing that there were many people leaving dogs and cats outside our clinic,” explained veterinarian Corolos Majdi at the Animalia clinic in the Egyptian capital.
Pets looked after at home are highly unlikely to spread any disease, but dogs or cats abandoned on the street can be dangerous, he said.
Doctors at the clinic decided to let the pets spread the message. They began photographing dogs and cats wearing signs explaining that keeping them is safe. The photos are posted on social media sites on the Internet.
“I don’t transmit the coronavirus. Please don’t be frightened of me,” said Loola, a white French Poodle. Or rather that’s what was written on the sign she sported for her photoshoot.
Poosey, a 3-year-old long-haired cat, and Snowy, a white Griffon dog, took turns posing with a sign saying: “I love you. Please don’t throw me out in the street.”
“Please don’t worry, dogs don’t transmit the coronavirus,” said Snowy’s owner, a young girl named Julia Joseph. “God created these animals so we can care for them.”


Emotional video shows blind dog welcome shelter carer in Egypt

Updated 14 July 2020

Emotional video shows blind dog welcome shelter carer in Egypt

CAIRO: A touching video of a blind dog who recognizes the voice of his shelter carer in Egypt has been touching hearts on social media. 
The footage, initially shared by a Facebook user named Ahmad, shows a Whippet overwhelmingly welcoming the rescue shelter worker and playing with him.  
The man in the video is heard calling out the name “Arafa” a few times before the blind dog recognizes his voice and runs towards him. 
“He’s blind, has never seen me before, and doesn’t recognize my looks, but he can feel,” Ahmad wrote in a caption describing his video.
Stray dogs are found on every street in Egypt, posing a challenge for the authorities. They are often blamed for adding to traffic and being unsafe to pedestrians.
Rescue shelters have become popular but still face difficulties in receiving donations to care for dogs.