The Stray Dogs of Cairo

Published January 30th, 2019 - 07:57 GMT

An overpopulated huge city of more than 20 million people, Cairo is already plagued by thick traffic jams, widespread litter waste, and thick pollution. Packs of stray dogs only adding to the mounting city challenges.

Stray dogs, commonly referred to as 'baladi dogs' in Egypt. They are typically seen running about the streets and scavenging food from garbage dumps.

There are no official data on the size of the stray dogs' population but activists say they are running loose in millions. Animal rights advocates have sought to offer solutions to the crisis, actively removing dogs from the streets and giving them homes. They believe the solution lies in dog sterilization programmes, providing rabies vaccinations and removing the garbage.

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Ahmed el-Shorbagi, owner of the HOPE shelter for stray dogs, feeds dogs in the shelter's courtyard, in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Ahmed el-Shorbagi, owner of the HOPE shelter for stray dogs, feeds dogs in the shelter's courtyard, in the village of Abusir Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

A volunteer carries a rescued dog that was run over by a driver, at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

A volunteer carries a rescued dog that was run over by a driver, at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

A dog stands up behind metal bars in an enclosure at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

A dog stands up behind metal bars in an enclosure at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

A dog stands up behind metal bars in an enclosure at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

A dog stands up behind metal bars in an enclosure at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

A stray dog sits in the corner of a cage at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

A stray dog sits in the corner of a cage at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

A volunteer brushes a stray dog at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the capital Cairo 
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

A volunteer brushes a stray dog at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the capital Cairo Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Rescued dogs run at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo 
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Rescued dogs run at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Rescued dogs roam in a courtyard at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Rescued dogs roam in a courtyard at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Ahmed el-Shorbagi, owner of the HOPE shelter for stray dogs, feeds dogs in the shelter's courtyard, in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A volunteer carries a rescued dog that was run over by a driver, at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A dog stands up behind metal bars in an enclosure at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A dog stands up behind metal bars in an enclosure at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A stray dog sits in the corner of a cage at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A volunteer brushes a stray dog at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the capital Cairo 
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Rescued dogs run at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo 
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Rescued dogs roam in a courtyard at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Ahmed el-Shorbagi, owner of the HOPE shelter for stray dogs, feeds dogs in the shelter's courtyard, in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Ahmed el-Shorbagi, owner of the HOPE shelter for stray dogs, feeds dogs in the shelter's courtyard, in the village of Abusir Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A volunteer carries a rescued dog that was run over by a driver, at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A volunteer carries a rescued dog that was run over by a driver, at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A dog stands up behind metal bars in an enclosure at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A dog stands up behind metal bars in an enclosure at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A dog stands up behind metal bars in an enclosure at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A dog stands up behind metal bars in an enclosure at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A stray dog sits in the corner of a cage at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A stray dog sits in the corner of a cage at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A volunteer brushes a stray dog at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the capital Cairo 
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A volunteer brushes a stray dog at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the capital Cairo Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Rescued dogs run at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo 
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Rescued dogs run at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Rescued dogs roam in a courtyard at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo
Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Rescued dogs roam in a courtyard at the HOPE shelter for stray dogs in the village of Abusir, about 20 kilometres southwest of the Egyptian capital Cairo Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

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