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S.P.A.R.E.ís policies represent S.P.A.R.E.ís views on the treatment of animals within the community, and actions taken by S.P.A.R.E. as an organization.

S.P.A.R.E. is ethically and morally bound to abiding by these policies.
We uphold transparency above all else, and we take pride in being open, honest and genuine with every animal and human that interacts with us.
It is of the utmost important to us that people who donate to the Shelter know exactly how their money is being spent, and we encourage visits as the prime form of straightforward communication.


Responsible Pet Ownership
Owners must fully understand, and conform to, their chosen petís behavioral and physical needs.
Owners budget and lifestyle must be suited to the proper care and management of their pet.
Owners should provide clean, comfortable and safe environments for their pets. The pet should be able to express its behavioral and phsycological needs.
Pets should have ample opportunity for exercise and mental stimulation.
Owners should provide a consistent and healthy diet for their pets.
Veterinary care should be provided when needed.
Animals must be registered.
Animals must be vaccinated yearly.
Proper training and socialization are necessary to ensure safety of the animal and the community.

Obtaining a Pet
S.P.A.R.E. encourages prospective pet owners to adopt an animal from S.P.A.R.E.
S.P.A.R.E. encourages prospective pet owners to purchase animals from respectable breeders or vendors who maintain the proper treatment of animals while in the establishment.
S.P.A.R.E. does not encourage prospective pet owners to purchase wildlife or other animals that are not suited for life with humans.

Pet Euthanasia
Fit and healthy pets should not be put to sleep.

Pet Management

Responsible dog ownership entails that owners must accept full responsibility for the behavior of their dog, in relation to themselves, other animals, and the community.
All dogs must get proper exercise, training and be properly socialized with humans and other dogs in order to avoid behavioral problems.
Dogs should be under proper control when in public places.
Dog Control
Muzzles should be used when:
- Aggressive dogs are being examined or handled
- Aggressive dogs are in public places and can pose as a danger to humans and othe animals
- A dog is injured and/or there is a possiblity that it might injure someone because it is in pain
Collars and leashes must not be a source of injury, pain or distress. They must be properly fitted (not too tight as to choke the dog; not too loose so as the dog manages to escape). They must not restrict the dogís normal activities (i.e. breathing, barking).

Dangerous Dogs
S.P.A.R.E. defines a dangerous dog as: a dog that attacks a person and causes physical injury or death for no reason, except in these situations:
- If a dog has been obviously provoked into attacking a human or other animal in self-defense
- In defence of a human or their property
- When a dog instinctively attacks an animal normally considered as prey.

Responsible cat ownership entails that owners must accept full responsibility for the behavior of their cat, in relation to themselves, other animals, and the community.
For their own safety, cats should be kept indoors. Where possible, they should be provided with access to an escape proof enclosure where they can get exercise.

Adoption of S.P.A.R.E. Pets

Applicants must be the planned owner and primary caretaker of the animal. Third party adoptions are not allowed.

No animal will be adopted on the first visit.

S.P.A.R.E. reserves the right to reject or accept prospective pet owners upon the grounds that the S.P.A.R.E. team do not see that the prospective owner is fit.

Some animals are not suited for life outside the S.P.A.R.E. Shelter for health or behavioral reasons.
Adoptions fees include: spay/neuter surgery, microchip ID and registration, parasite treatment, vaccinations, traveling fees for the adopted animal (current flight fees applicable).
If you are considering adopting a pet from us, all members of your household (including any other pets you may currently own) must be at the Shelter prior to the application being finalized.

All animals adopted out from S.P.A.R.E. are sterilized and vaccinated.
Microchipping is mandatory for pets adopted abroad. Pets adopted in Egypt may or may not be microchipped, depending on the wish of the local owner, and if the pet has already been microchipped.

All animals adopted out from S.P.A.R.E. will be accepted back.

Adopting an animal from S.P.A.R.E. is for a nominal fee.
This fee covers the cost of microchipping and relevant medical care (vaccinations, sterilization etc).
However, if the prospective owner cannot afford to pay the fee, S.P.A.R.E. will give the animal for free, and ask the owner for a small donation.


Sponsorship fee covers full care for the animal.
More than one person can sponsor the same animal, unless otherwise requested by the first sponsor.
Sponsorship fees are monthly.


S.P.A.R.E. will not pay any expenses for fostered animals.

We may provide required traveling arrangement services (blood test, microchipping, etc) for a fee, to be agreed upon with the foster parent.

This forum is simply a service offered by S.P.A.R.E to help animal rescuers find homes for pets.

Cruelty to Pets

S.P.A.R.E. believes that cruelty to pets is the following:

1. Locking your pet in a room, balcony, the roof etc and not giving it exercise

2. Beating animals to cause harm

3. Not providing animals with immediate veterinary care

4. Not providing animals with food and water on a daily basis

5. Not providing animals with a consistent, proper care regime: bathing, grooming, check ups, de-fleaing, de-worming

6. Backyard breeding


S.P.A.R.E. is a no-kill shelter, and we believe in giving all animals a second chance at a beautiful life.
We have had dogs living in the Shelter dating back to 2001. These animals stayed on at the Shelter because they got used to the place, to us, to their way of life. Some of them canít be adopted out due to behavioral reasons: they are frightened of people, they never forgot that they were treated badly and donít trust all humans. But if they are healthy and happy, and don't pose as a threat to humans or other animals, then we donít put them to sleep, and we let them live out their lives amongst us and their friends.

When Does Euthanasia Take Place?
Terminal Illness When an animal is terminally ill and there is no hope of its being cured. In these situations, our vets assess the problem and we give every possible chance before humanely putting the animal out of its misery.
Threat When an animal poses a threat to the community: if it has rabies, if it is aggressive towards humans and other animals when unprovoked.
TNR Euthanasia is applied if there is a danger to the animal from the community in which it lives, if there is no possibility of finding the animal a home and/or there is no place in the Shelter.


S.P.A.R.E. encourage spaying or neutering ones pet in order to minimize the risk of unwanted litters.
If the owner does not wish to breed their pet, S.P.A.R.E. highly recommends that the pet be spayed or neutered, in order to avoid emotional and psychological regression in the animal, due to its not being able to express its natural instincts.
S.P.A.R.E. does not support the breeding of pets unless the owner is fully responsible for finding the offspring appropriate homes that comply with responsible pet ownership guidelines.

Stray Animals

Stray Animal Population
S.P.A.R.E believes that the population of stray animals should be controlled in a humane and ethical way that does not cause distress to the animal, nor poses as a hazard to the environment, or the health of the community.
Organized Stray Animal Feedings
At large, the Egyptian community is not always sympathetic to animals; stray animal control methods are inhumane.
Therefore, S.P.A.R.E. does not support organized feedings of stray animals on the city streets.
S.P.A.R.E. believes that should individuals undertake feeding animals in a public place (street, building garden etc), it must be done responsibly and with regards to both the safety of the animal, and the impact of that act on the community.

Download our guide to feeding strays using the Five Freedoms for Animals


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