- Title: Abused animals get second chance at Hurghada shelter
- Date: 8th October 2019
- Summary: GIZA, EGYPT (FILE - FEBRUARY 6, 2011) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TOURISTS RIDING CAMELS HORSE PUSHING CARRIAGE MAN RIDING HORSE CARRIAGE HORSE PUSHING CARRIAGE / CAMELS STANDING ON SIDE HORSE STRAPPED TO CARRIAGE
- Embargoed: 22nd October 2019 11:06
- Keywords: Hurghada animal shelter Bluemon animal centre Animals Egypt Hurghada
- Location: HURGHADA AND GIZA, EGYPT
- City: HURGHADA AND GIZA, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA004B08K311
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:An animal shelter in the Egyptian Red Sea city of Hurghada has turned into a home for abused animals, becoming both an animal-friendly tourist attraction as well as a place for pets and animal lovers to form lasting bonds.
Bluemoon Animal Centre, regarded as the city's oldest animal shelter, first began taking in stray cats and dogs in 2002. Since then, the shelter rescued thousands of animals.
It all started when an animal lover and rights advocate from Switzerland, Monique Carrera, started an animal neutering initiative intended to decrease the number of strays.
Among abused animals in the shelter is a monkey that was found on a beach in a cage and was given alcohol and drugs for tourists' amusement.
One tourist reported the abuse to Bluemoon, which then confiscated the monkey and took her in.
Other abused animals include donkeys and horses, which Carrera says are found to be beaten and overworked in the streets.
Animal healthcare at Carrera's centre includes neutering, washing, regular check-ups, treatments, and vaccinations.
According to Carrera, tourists in Hurghada often hear about the shelter, and come visit twice a week. The visits often lead to adoptions.
She says nearly 70 percent of the adopted animals move to homes in Europe while the rest are adopted in Egypt.
(Production: Ahmed Fahmy, Nadeen Ebrahim)
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