Animals are often overloaded, undernourished and work non-stop in the relentless heat. Lack of education has meant that families often have little or no knowledge of how to care for these hard working animals.
ACE has been working in Luxor since 2000, and we have seen how with even only a little time and few resources we can help prevent suffering, not only of the working animals but also domestic and wild animals too. By using and teaching preventative methods, treatment and education of basic animal care and welfare, it can and does make a real difference to help improve the lives of all the animals in Luxor.
Children are the future
Our local teacher, Wael Nour, educates a different class of up to 50 students, from the schools in Luxor, four times a week. They are taught that animals feel pain and how to care for them. They learn to be kind and respectful to all living creatures. This is vital for the long term improvement of animal welfare in the area. Much of what we see is through ignorance and breaking the cycle of misunderstandings and lack of knowledge will make sure there is a brighter future for animals in Egypt.
Children come to the hospital and learn in the classroom but also get shown around the stables and get to see first-hand how we help animals and it is explained how to prevent their animal from suffering the same fate as those they see hospitalised.
Many of the children are often saddened by what they see and have a great compassion towards the animals. By learning that they may have hurt their own animal at home without realising it they can be very upset. By supporting children through this and giving them the knowledge to make things better for their animals children can feel empowered to help ensure their animal doesn’t suffer.
If you would like to visit us while you are in Luxor, we would love to see you and show you around the centre. You will get a tour of the hospital, centre and the stables where you can meet and cuddle some of our patients!
We welcome volunteers from all walks of life. You don’t need to be a qualified vet or vet nurse to help us at the centre in Luxor. We have general volunteer placements, veterinary student and vet nurse student placements.
Find out more here.