Animal Welfare Dahab

Let's make it happen!

Who are we?

Animal Welfare Dahab is a small nonprofit organization that aims to improve the lives of animals in Dahab. Animal Welfare Dahab is entirely run by volunteers and led by Karin Bavinck and Anne in their spare time, working closely with the Dahab vet, Dr. Amira Nabil.

How did Animal Welfare Dahab start?

In early October 2010 an Egyptian animal rights organization based in Cairo came to Dahab to conduct a TNR project (Trap, Neuter, Return). 58 stray animals were neutered (sterilized). Valesca Fordham and Britta Steiner supported this project by organizing the daily routines and assisting during the surgeries. It quickly became clear that the overpopulation of street animals in Dahab cannot be fought by sporadic neutering projects only. The nonprofit organization Animal Welfare Dahab was born and rapidly got encouragement and support from Dahabians and tourists.

What does Animal Welfare Dahab try to achieve?

Anyone who has visited Dahab has a story of hungry kittens, or a bedraggled puppy that they made friends with or were accosted by. The life of these stray cats and dogs in Dahab is extremely tough. Not only is it a struggle to find food, but also many of the local population do not like dogs in their vicinity for various reasons. As elsewhere in Egypt, Dahab’s population of street animals is quite high. Until 2014 it was custom to poison or shoot these animals in order to try to control the population. Since 2014 the City Council has stopped all poisonings and is supporting Animal Welfare Dahab and its method of controlling the street animal population.

Animal Welfare Dahab relies on an animal friendly long-term solution by neutering animals on an ongoing basis in order to keep the street animal population under control.

What we do

The focus of our work is on neutering animals in Dahab. The team of volunteers runs an ongoing programme of neuterings which are performed by the local vet, Amira Nabil.
At least twice a year a TNR project (T-trap, N-neuter, R-return) is organized with either Egyptian and/or European vets participating. Every time this project runs, 40 to more than 100 cats and dogs have been neutered. The combination of both the regular - throughout the year neuterings - and the TNR projects makes it possible to neuter a large number of animals.

Especially during TNR projects the help of volunteers is very much needed. Help catching stray cats and dogs, helping out in the clinic and offering ones home for aftercare. As Animal Welfare Dahab doesn't have a shelter, aftercare places are a necessity throughout the year.

Read more about the TNR project.


It is not the primary objective of Animal Welfare Dahab to find homes in Europe or elsewhere for the stray animals of Dahab. Instead, we believe it is best to create a stable population of strays by neutering them in order to prevent the poison-actions to control the population like it was custom before the existence of Animal Welfare Dahab. We also provide education to local inhabitants and tourists to establish an animal friendly attitude of people towards animals, and strays in particular.

That doesn't mean that we don't offer animals for adoption now and then, or help people who would love to adopt a stray from Dahab: we are happy with every stray that has been adopted. However, since Animal Welfare Dahab doesn't have a shelter, the animals we would like to see being adopted are strays that have very little chance to survive on the streets because of a physical handicap.

Travel procedure for animals

According to the European Commission, it takes a minimum of 4 months to prepare a dog or cat to travel to Europe.
The steps that need to be taken to prepare a cat or dog for traveling are:

  1. The dog or cat needs to be microchipped.
  2. Rabies vaccination - preferably two: the first has to be given at the age of 3 months, the second a month later. (The second is just make sure that the blood test results are okay.)
  3. Blood test - after the rabies vaccination, the serum of a blood sample needs to be tested for rabies antibodies at an approved laboratory in Europe. On this latter website of the approved laboratory is a form to be found that needs to be filled in and sent together with the serum sample.
  4. When tested positive, 3 months have to pass before the animal is allowed to travel.
  5. The health certificate has to be filled in and signed by the government just before traveling.

It is also possible to adopt a street animal and support our work by making a (monthly) donation.
See: Donations.


Animal Welfare Dahab works together with the following partners to help the strays of Dahab as best as possible:

Stichting Zwerfdieren in Dahab
The Dutch organization Stichting Zwerfdieren in Dahab is supporting Animal Welfare Dahab by raising funds and providing the necessary tools and equipment.

Dahab Veterinary Clinic
The local veterinarian, Amira Nabil, is indispensable for Animal Welfare Dahab: neutering, vaccinating and treating wounded and sick stray animals on almost weekly basis.

Cogges Veterinary Surgery
Since 2014 Cogges Veterinary Surgery has been supporting Animal Welfare Dahab by sending a vet team to perform TNR projects once or twice a year. They also support Animal Welfare Dahab with funding, equipment, medication and necessary advices.

Horse Aid Dahab
Horse Aid Dahab (formerly Dahab Horse Initiative) is a small charity now operating under the established group of Animal Welfare Dahab, an official charity registered to operate in Egypt. Read more about Horse Aid Dahab [...].

Egyptian NGO ESMA (Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals)
Animal Welfare Dahab is affiliated with the Egyptian NGO ESMA (Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals).


Our work is made possible by donations and funding. The Animal Welfare Dahab donation boxes are to be found in the following shops, diving centers, restaurants and hotels in Dahab:

donationbox AWD
  • Amira Nabil Vet Clinic, Asala square
  • Carm Inn Restaurant, Masbat
  • German Bakery, Asala
  • H2O Dive Center, Masbat
  • Ibrahim the Tailor, El Fanar Road
  • Nesima Resort, Mashraba
  • Sea Dancer/ Meridian Hotel, Dahab City
  • Nefisa, Asala
  • CoWorkersInn, Blue Beach, Masbat
  • Christina Hotel, Mashraba
  • Le Chat Noir Cafe, Masbat beach

Your donation helps us helping the streetdogs and cats in Dahab to get a better life!

With your contribution we are able to save more street dogs and cats and give them a worthy existence by performing TNR projects [read more], give the animals the necessary vaccinations, surgeries and health care, and provide education about animal care to the local inhabitants. By making a (monthly donation, you’ll be helping not just one stray dog or cat, but tens of animals in Dahab. Your contribution, either large or small is very welcome!

Name bank: ING Bank
IBAN: NL17 INGB 000 752 1385
Account name: “Stichting Zwerfdieren in Dahab”
Place: Soest, The Netherlands

For your donation in EUR (€):

For your donation in USD ($):

People living in the Benelux and Germany can also make a purchase in the webshop of Stichting Zwerfdieren in Dahab. Your purchase benefits our work to help the stray animals in Dahab.