Goodbye to Dahab

Our last day of work!

Many thanks to Anna and her husband for supplying the room to work in. Very luxurious. Also thanks to Karin and Nousa, the souls of Animal Welfare Dahab. These people work day in day out looking after the dogs and cats of Dahab. They are truly amazing. Dr Amira, the local Egyptian vet also gives her services throughout the year. And then there are the numerous helpers who bring in cats and dogs for us to neuter or treat. Thank you. We walk away and you just carry on!

Local heroes

It is always rewarding to meet our patients on the street. Leany, a dog we castrated about 5 years ago is still hanging around the best restaurants.

Two days after castration and amputating this dog’s tail we met him back on the beach. Happy as Larry and with no bad feelings toward us.

We also met some of the cats on a walk. We ear tip so that they are easily recognizable as having been neutered. Their clipping in the flank is also clearly visible. The dogs are given a microchip as identification.

Tomorrow we’re back in England – expecting rain…

Karen

 

Dahab, a milestone: 400 animals neutered

This is our 7th visit to Dahab as part of the TNR (trap,neuter and release) programme of Animal Welfare Dahab.

Today we neutered our 400th animal as part of these projects. (That is over the 7 trips and not as Lisa’s daughter thought  – all in one day. She is very proud of her mother!).

Hopefully we have had some effect on the health and well being of these animals. The number of dogs seem to have diminished, but the cat population seems unaltered. We console ourselves with the thought that we have improved the lives of some of the individuals.

We have also amputated a few legs and tails, fixed a few wounds, extracted a few teeth, fixed a few hernias. We also met some dedicated animal friends.

Return to Dahab

Lisa and I are back in Dahab, Egypt, for another TNR programme. We are working with Animal Welfare Dahab, who do all the preparation and catching/collecting and returning of the animals. This time we have teamed up with a lovely vet from Italy.

Today we neutered 14 animals – a good start.

We are working in a room loaned to us by the new Pet Hotel. A very exciting feature in the room is AIR CONDITIONING. Lovely for us but also nice for the cats and dogs. But to be fair, mainly great for us.

It is not all work. After work we went snorkelling in the magnificent Red Sea. We did our bit for the environment and collected as much plastic as we could. I don’t think that the environment noticed but it made us feel a bit better.

Thank you for all your donations which have trickled in over the past year.  I have forwarded the money to Animal Welfare Dahab. Every penny is spent on neutering and treating the animals here, mainly street dogs and cats. As usual Cogges Vets  has donated time and drugs and equipment. We believe that this is a very good cause and that we can make a difference.

 

 

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.

 

 

Karen

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.

Karen

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.
AIR CONDITIONING!!!!!!!
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!?
Karen

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.
Amira

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.
Karen