More news from Dahab

One of the reasons for returning to Dahab last month was to help a Saluki-type dog who had been suffering with complications after fracturing bones in a front leg. The injury occurred a few months ago and a very kind Egyptian lady and her husband had taken him in and cared for him.

Fracture repair in Dahab is not easy. Radiography is basic and apart from casting and resting, other procedures such as pinning, external fixation or plating are non existent We are always reminded during these visits about how fortunate we are back home.
The dog was unable to use the left foreleg which had actually become a hindrance. Seeing him I was reminded of my grandfather who had a paralysed arm after a stroke and frequently complained of the dead weight of this arm.

Karin of Animal Welfare Dahab had asked if we could amputate the leg. After examining the dog we decided that this was indeed the best option. The procedure can take quite a bit of time and without gas anaesthesia or our full arsenal of painkillers we set to work. Lisa did her magic with the drugs available including local anaesthesia and the surgery went well.

Visiting the dog 2 days later was a joy – he was desperate to go for a walk on the beach and looked so much happier and comfortable. It felt really good!

Thank you to all the people who support us back home and also thank you to Karin and the people who help her at Animal Welfare Dahab. Also thanks to Dr Amira for letting us use all her equipment and premises and for assisting us during the operation.




Return to Dahab, October 2018

On Monday Lisa and I attended a meeting organised by Animal Welfare Dahab (AWD) and their supporters, to present the new mayor of Dahab, General Tarek, their vision of how to approach the stray dog and cat population in the town.
They had managed to persuade the authorities to temporarily stop the random poisoning of street dogs, and needed to get the new mayor on board to stop this permanently, and offer an alternative plan.

All the important people attended.
The mayor, the chief vet for the South Sinai, and the local state vet were all there.
Also present was Dr Amira, who is a local vet and a great help to AWD.
Then there were various officials, a representative of the Bedouin, AWD, the Dutch NGO Stichting Zwerfdieren Dahab, and a few local supporters.

Michel (from Stichting Zwerfdieren Dahab) had prepared an excellent power-point presentation which was very successful. He managed to swing the mayor’s opinion away from basically locking all street dogs in compounds. Instead the Trap, Neuter, Release program (TNR) will be allowed to continue and a government assisted tagging system of privately owned dogs will begin.
We are very grateful that the mayor has accepted this approach to the problem.

Since the first TNR project in 2010 the street dog population has decreased by almost 50%. AWD has neutered and vaccinated over 500 dogs and local AWD supporters monitor the dogs in their areas.
We are proud to be part of the solution to a very complex problem.


News from Karen & Lisa in Dahab – days 1 and 2

We arrived in Dahab on late on Monday night. We finally managed to get out of Sharm El Sheikh airport, but later than anyone else. Our luggage came under some serious scrutiny, but Lisa managed to charm us out of there. Her impressions of dog- and cat sounds, as well as her miming of surgery techniques – all this in an effort to explain what we were there for – really should have been recorded for a bigger audience. Unfortunately it just wasn’t the right time for getting out a camera.
I suspect the customs officials finally allowed us through because they just did not know what to do with us!
Tuesday morning we spent unpacking and setting up our surgery in the wet lab of the Marine Centre, kindly provided by Anna and her lovely partner.
Not only that, but we have plenty of space, and bricks were supplied for raising the table.
We have a lovely bunch of volunteers who do an amazing amount of work. They catch or collect all the animals, do the aftercare, feed us, make all the arrangements, help us in the surgery and even remove ticks from the dogs. And keep smiling.
On Tuesday afternoon we managed to neuter 6 animals and today we managed another 18. We also did a few consultations.
It is not all work though.  We stay in a lovely house on the beach, kindly lent to us by Axel. We even have our own coffee machine and 4 amazing dogs. So far I have met 2 cats – I am not sure if we have met all the inhabitants yet.
After work today we cycled back to the house and went snorkeling in the sea just outside the house. The most beautiful reefs in the world. Aren’t we the lucky ones!?

Dahab – the continuing story

We are still unable to go out to Dahab to neuter more animals due to the security situation in Egypt. The work of the charity , Animal Welfare Dahab, goes on. They are continuing their neutering program with the help of Dr Amira, the wonderful local vet.
She has worked hard with the charity and they managed to neuter and treat a large number of cats and dogs. AWD also helps finding homes for puppies and kittens and lost animals.

Dr Amira

In February Dr Amira and her assistant Mahmoud managed to neuter 8 male and 10 female dogs, as well as 9 male and 18 female cats.
We have managed to get a few supplies and some funding through so that they can continue their good work.The security situation has been a disaster for the local economy and this of course has an effect on the animals as well. Fewer tourists to provide support and a number of expats returning to their country of origin leaving more work for people left behind.
Yet nothing can stop AWD’s Karin and her crew! Well done.

Dahab now

Our thoughts are with all the tourists, British, Russian, German and others, who are struggling to make their way back home from Sharm-el-Sheikh after the devastating plane crash.

But our thoughts also go out to all the people and families we have met over the past few years, locals as well as expats who live and work in Dahab. These are people who are unable to simply pack up and leave. They are facing an uncertain future, and perhaps an unsafe one as well. The near future is bound to bring more hardship and misery to a community that has already suffered from a severe recession and political turmoil over the past few years.

We’re thinking of you, Karin, Anna, Marlies, José, Amira, Catherine, and all the other friends and volunteers we have come to know so well.



What we can we do? For the moment it’s a matter of wait and see. But without a doubt this community of people and animals needs our support more than ever. We have no idea when it will be safe for us to return, but we will continue to ship veterinary equipment and medication to Dahab, as well as donate funds to AWD to help them carry on with their excellent work.

We ask for your continued support. In order to raise more funds some friends have kindly arranged a musical event at the Swan in Ascott-U-Wychwood on Friday evening 4 December. Admission is £10, all of which will be going to our on-going Dahab appeal.

Karen & Harry