Adopt Don’t Shop at HOPE Dog Shelter

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There is something special about baladi dogs. They are playful, kind and affectionate, but you normally see them roaming the streets and sleeping on the roofs of cars, not on leashes for walks as pets. Challenging that idea, a dog shelter called HOPE for Egyptian street dogs is on a mission to challenge perceptions about baladi dogs and encourage people to adopt these adorable little doggos.

By Thomas Pinn

In the leafy Abu Sir neighborhood just south of Cairo, if you listen and follow the excited barking of playing baladi dogs, you can find HOPE. HOPE, which describes itself as an animal rescue center whose mission is to “rescue, rehabilitate and rehabilitate” injured strays, has more than 400 happy doggos looking for new homes.

Egyptian baladi street dogs at the HOPE dog shelter just south of Cairo
By Thomas Pinn

Open since January 2015, HOPE prides itself on taking in the street dogs who need the most help, often with quite serious injuries, who unfortunately probably wouldn’t have been able to live a happy life if they hadn’t found refuge and care with HOPE. With HOPE’s refusal to turn away dogs in serious enough medical need, this of course comes at a high financial cost. HOPE reiterated to me that one of the biggest challenges they face is finances, only compounded by the rising costs of imported veterinary drugs and equipment that some of their dogs desperately need.

Egyptian baladi street dogs at the HOPE dog shelter just south of Cairo
By Thomas Pinn

Often watched by many, we seem to forget just how great baladai dogs really are. They are super intelligent dogs, full of character, caring, playful, trainable and truly beautiful. Surprisingly, however, HOPE told me that few Egyptians choose to adopt baladi dogs, preferring instead certain foreign breeds, often unsuited to Egypt’s hot, dry climate. Instead, many of their dogs are actually adopted by those in the United States and Canada.

Egyptian baladi street dogs at the HOPE dog shelter just south of Cairo
By Thomas Pinn

It is moving to watch HOPE’s dogs play with each other in exciting ways, especially those who have lost legs or suffered other serious misfortunes in their past life on the streets. If you want to support the awesome work being done at HOPE, there are a number of ways you can help. HOPE told us that if you want to help, you can adopt one of their adorable dogs looking for a new home, you can volunteer with HOPE and you can also donate to help move the project forward. .

Egyptian baladi street dogs at the HOPE dog shelter just south of Cairo
By Thomas Pinn

Another way to help is to also help spread the HOPE message and help share their efforts on social media. Changing attitudes towards Baladi dogs and Egyptian street dogs by encouraging people to consider having one as a pet is an important and humane way to help solve the problem of stray dogs in Egypt.

Egyptian baladi street dogs at the HOPE dog shelter just south of Cairo
By Thomas Pinn

Interested in adopting an adorable little dog or in a visit? HOPE is open for visits daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also find more information and keep up to date with HOPE’s activities on their Instagram and Facebook.

WE SAID IT…Cairo has its first cafe for dogs and it’s absolutely adorable

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