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Egypt: Cairo's stray animals get a 'Meow Iftar' meal from Ramadan volunteers

Egypt, Cairo
May 26, 2019 at 09:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Volunteers gave food and water to Cairo's stray cats and dogs on Saturday evening, in an event dubbed 'Meow Iftar,' after the meal with which Muslims break their Ramadan fast at sunset.

Footage shows people giving the ecstatic looking street animals food and playing with them, during the event organised by Egyptian animal rights group Meow Tours, which organises trips to animal shelters as well as activities in support of animal rights.

Mostafa Abdel Atti, the founder of Meow Tours, said, "We took the day to provide food for cats and dogs, and we help those who do this for the first time especially since there are many who are afraid of them."

"Animals are the weakest link in this system because they cannot speak, [the] animals are very weak and suffer from disease and hunger," said Amgad Naguib, a volunteer.

There could be as many as 15 million stray dogs in Egypt according to a report by the country's parliament.

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Volunteers gave food and water to Cairo's stray cats and dogs on Saturday evening, in an event dubbed 'Meow Iftar,' after the meal with which Muslims break their Ramadan fast at sunset.

Footage shows people giving the ecstatic looking street animals food and playing with them, during the event organised by Egyptian animal rights group Meow Tours, which organises trips to animal shelters as well as activities in support of animal rights.

Mostafa Abdel Atti, the founder of Meow Tours, said, "We took the day to provide food for cats and dogs, and we help those who do this for the first time especially since there are many who are afraid of them."

"Animals are the weakest link in this system because they cannot speak, [the] animals are very weak and suffer from disease and hunger," said Amgad Naguib, a volunteer.

There could be as many as 15 million stray dogs in Egypt according to a report by the country's parliament.

W/S Volunteers walking with food for animals in Cairo, Egypt

M/S Volunteers search for and feed animals in street

W/S Volunteers feeding animals in street

M/S Volunteers feeding animals in the street

W/S Volunteers feeding animals in street

W/S Volunteers feeding animals in street

M/S Volunteers feeding animals in street

SOT, Mostafa Abdel Atti, Founder of Meow Iftar (Arabic): "We took the day to provide food for cats and dogs, and we help those who do this for the first time especially since there are many who are afraid of them."

W/S Volunteers feeding animals in street

M/S Volunteers feeding animals in street

C/U Cat eating food on street

C/U Cat's face

W/S Cats eating on street

C/U Cats eating off of street

C/U Cats eating off of street

M/S Volunteer placing container of water on street for cats

M/S Cats drinking water

W/S Cats eating food off of street

C/U Cat lapping up water

C/U Cat's head

C/U Cat eating food off of street

C/U Cat's face

M/S Volunteers feed animals in street

C/U Cat eating under chair

W/S Volunteers sitting eating at tables

SOT, Amgad Naguib, Volunteer (Arabic): "Animals are the weakest link in this system because they cannot speak, [the] animals are very weak and suffer from disease and hunger. We are in Ramadan, a period of feeding the poor and the neediest animals who need food."

W/S Man offering cat food under table

M/S Cats eating under table

C/U Cats eating under table

C/U Cat eating food from floor

SOT, Dina El Khattab, Volunteer (Arabic): "Dogs and cats on the street are very oppressed and rarely fed or cared for by anyone. People are attacking these animals all the time and they are afraid of them. These animals are entitled to good food and not just scraps of food."

W/S Volunteer feeding and petting dogs on street

M/S Volunteers feeding dog on street

C/U Dog eating on street

W/S Woman kneeling to feed dog on street

M/S Woman crouching to feed dog on street

C/U Dog eating food out of bag

M/S Dog eating food out of crouching woman's hand

W/S Volunteers feeding dog sitting on car

M/S Volunteers feeding and petting dog sitting on car

C/U Dog eating food from hands

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