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Animal hotel, shelter in Egypt gives pets, safe place to stay

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A recently-opened pet-friendly hotel in the city of Egypt, a Monday afternoon photojournalist reports Monday.

But beyond hosting pets, the "Hotel of Mercy," located in the Saqarra area of Giza, near Cairo, also acts as a shelter, welcoming stray animals by its team of rescue workers, according to to its owner, Ashraf Saber.

"A year ago, the animal shelter of SPAR (Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt) had been closed," Saber told epa -efe.

Saber, who has been working in the animal welfare sector for some 15 years, in the following year.

Saber had worked as an assistant to SPAR veterinarians, a role in which he learned about animal welfare, including the medical treatment of dogs, cats and donkeys.

Saber's center, which is staffed 24 hours a day by a team of five people, was currently looking after 50 stray cats and 25 pet dogs, but it has the capacity to host more, the epa-efe reporter said.

Saber said he opened the door to a host of dogs and dogs.

The center also takes in strays, with a team that brings them in for care.

"Sometimes people call us and tell us that they are going to be poisoned," he said, adding that the team is going to rescue the animal and bring it back to the shelter. "We'll clean it and give it the vaccinations."

"So when we find a place with animals that are going to be harmed, poisoned gold, they're going to catch them," said Saber.

He said the Hotel of Mercy had already rescued some 50 stray cats and 25 stray dogs.

The center does not accept any donations, with pet owners paying 50 EGP ($ 2.80) per day to have their animals cared for.

Saber hopes that the hotel and shelter, which operates on the fees paid by the pet owners, will be able to expand in the future to offer play areas for the felines and canines who come to stay.

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