EMRO Facilities - Welcome to EMRO! (Ahlan wa sahlan!)
On the grounds around the villa are the beginnings of a "jungle"
garden (thanks to donations from our kind volunteers like Aida Marina
of LA, CA). There is also a modified "boab's" room (i.e.
normally a small shelter for a security guard), with a wire cage
run extension, which is used as a pre-release area for any ferals
we have. It also acts as a multipurpose room as required, including
isolation. Further isolation quarters are hoped to be built in the
back of the modest yard in 2008.
On the main floor (125 SM) are the HQ office, Vet
Clinic, two rooms of adoptable cats, kitchen, bathroom, storage,
modest isolation area in the hallway and a room for the resident
animal workers. On the second floor are boarding and overflow isolation,
especially for younger cats and unaltered animals. There are a shared
kitchen, two bathrooms (one used often for storage and cleaning
for the boarding area), and the EMRO
Suite takes up half of the floor.
Above, on floors 3-5 is a private residence with future rooftop
garden on the 5th floor.
EMRO is currently staffed by a general manager (Mr. Maged Abdel
Razik), two veterinarians (Dr. Nancy and Dr. Engy, see more under
Vet Clinic), a part-time office
assistant and assistant vet (Dr. Doaa') and at least two residential
animal workers who also help out in the vet clinic (currently Mr.
Yassir and Mr. Redah). We have a perioidic accountant (Mr. Sherif)
and lawyer (Mr. Ashraf).
Local volunteers include photographers (Ms. Eppie Litmer and Mr.
Ahmed Shokr) and other periodic helpers (including some like Ms.
Dina who worked on the holistic health of the cats, and Ms. Pam,
who did some cat massage but moved back recently to the USA). Virtual
helpers are Ms. Aida Marina who is our sponsorships manager, and
Ms. Heather Lewis, adoption assistant, and both live presently in
California, USA. The founders, Ms. Gloria Lauris and Dr. Ismail
Elkholy, live in Saudi Arabia and in Canada and come periodically
to Cairo to monitor issues related to the cats and EMRO in general.
Ms. Lauris also handles general inquiries and approves adoptions.
EMRO building, where EMRO spreads between ground (HQ, Vet Clinic,
cats for adoption) and second floor (boarding, EMRO suite); EMRO
sign on gate; Garden in front of EMRO and parking area.
Middle: Front door to EMRO HQ and vet clinic; Maged at EMRO
HQ; Animal workers Mohamed and Hany take a break on the EMRO bike.
Bottom: Gloria Lauris (founder) socializes with some of the
cats in the adoption room; Animal worker Yassir examines a Mau cat
being considered for adoption; Animal worker Hany relaxing with
some of the cats.