Egyptian Mau Cats are the oldest known descendents of the domestic cat, existing since Pharaonic times, and they are the only naturally occurring small spotted cat in the world.
However, Maus are facing possible extinction. In their homeland, they are currently unrecognized, routinely poisoned, and often suffer from endemic feline diseases. Outside of Egypt, many Maus are also endangered due to interbreeding and lack of new bloodlines.
Formed in 2004, Egyptian Mau Rescue Organization (EMRO) is officially registered as a non-profit charity in Egypt, an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) with charitable number #6196 effective August 23, 2005. EMRO is dedicated to rescuing these descendents of the sacred cat of Ancient Egypt. EMRO is an adoption agency both locally and internationally for tame Maus. Adoptions are on a cost-recovery basis and by approved application. EMRO is not supported in any way by the government but exists solely through donations, vet clinic funds, private cat boarding, and through sponsorship of its cats. The Mau is a very intelligent, noble and ancient cat, and it is EMRO's hope to help raise awareness and preserve the species for future generations. EMRO aims to increase education in Egypt and around the world about these magnificent and intelligent cats.
EMRO's goals are to help save the endangered native Egyptian Mau and rehome as many of the cats as can feasibly be done, both locally and internationally. We also provide outreach for these animals through means of education and brochures in an attempt to raise awareness for these underappreciated, abused and neglected ancient animals.
SPCA International is happy to award EMRO with a Shelter of the Week Grant to enable them to purchase life saving trauma equipment for the Cairo Shelter.