CAIRO, Egypt — Over the past few years the government’s solution to the overpopulation of street dogs, has been to harm and murder them in cold blood. Although there are a few Egyptian organizations that provide the dogs with aid, many dogs are still being beaten, poisoned and shot, in an attempt to eliminate them. One of the dogs that was a victim of this vicious form of abuse, was a female Egyptian Baladi named Hayah, who was poisoned on the streets while pregnant.
Hayah was the lone survivor of this particular poisoning campaign, which killed many of her friends. Fortunately though, before any more harm could come to Hayah, a rescue group, run by Laila Hamdy Fayek, took her off the streets and provided her with a second chance. When I asked Fayek how the dogs get poisoned, she revealed, ” The government and regular people poison the dogs and cats on the street [by] placing the poisoned meat or food around the areas on the street.” The day after Hayah was rescued she gave birth to 4 puppies. Sadly, only one survived but Hayah also adopted another orphaned pup and together, the three of them awaited to see what the future had in store.
Not long after their rescue, fate intervened and Canadian rescue group, Save Our Scruff, arranged for the dogs to be transported to Toronto where they would be placed in their forever homes. The dogs, now named Lemon (Hayah), Cairo, and Oban, were all adopted into loving homes where they now live happily with their new families. The fate of many of these street dogs is undetermined but thanks to the kind and dedicated people that intervene, some of these dogs do get a well-deserved second chance. Take a look through the gallery below to see the before and after transformations of these three dogs. Share this story of survival with your loved ones and check out this link to learn more about Fayek’s rescue work.
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