Dahab Diary

9 February 2014

We’re back!
Arrived safe and sound and a little tired late Saturday night and all looking forward to a good night in our own beds. And what lovely weather to come home to!

Friday was our final opportunity to do some ops. If was difficult to work out the most efficient way of making the drugs last, but eventually we succeeded to work all the way down to the very last millilitre of anaesthetic drug, and so achieved the maximum possible result before packing up the clinic.
The ops went smoothly, with Lisa keeping a close eye on drug supplies. Amal and Artiv (a government vet) joined us for the morning. Amal finished the session by tying off a ligature on a dog castrate, a skill that she has developed during her time with us.
Tally for the day: 1 dog spay, 1 dog castrate, 2 cat spays and 2 cat castrates. In addition we did a mass removal from a dog that had been brought in during the consults.
So this leaves us with a grand total of 128 neutered animals during 10 days of ops, easily beating our target of 100.

The day began with Karen taking the plunge with a ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ session, guided by highly experienced instructor and AWD volunteer Marlies Lang. Lisa, an experienced diver, tagged along. Karen appears to be a natural, clocking up a whopping 72-minutes for her first ever dive.

For our final evening in Dahab, Karin invited all of the volunteers up to her incredible house up in a wadi outside the town for a barbeque. We enjoyed a beautiful evening and lovely food cooked by Karin and her husband. The starry sky was amazing, and, as the temperature began to drop, the team enjoyed a warm bonfire.

Saturday was clean-up day. The makeshift clinic was returned to its original state, making it possible for the house to be rented or sold. It didn’t take long, as the team all worked together to move out furniture, scrub walls and floors, so we could eventually close the gate for the last time.

The project was hard work, but hugely enjoyable and rewarding, thanks to the AWD team. It has taught us about the problems that affect the animals and veterinary practices in Egypt, making clear some of the cultural differences between our society and theirs.
The Cogges team had to work in new ways with some unfamiliar drugs. Without the comfort of the booking system we use at home, planning was difficult, as we often had no idea of what would enter the clinic next.

We would like to thank José, Karin and the entire team of volunteers from Animal Welfare Dahab, who have made our time in Dahab so easy and so welcoming. We were privileged to be given the opportunity to see a side of the town that few tourists get to experience.

This experience was of benefit to Dahab’s animal population, the locals – including the hard-working volunteers as well as the professionals –  and us here at Cogges Veterinary Surgery. And we see this as Part 1 of the project. More will follow.

Although everyone here in the UK feels the financial squeeze, we can guarantee you that if you can spare anything at all for the AWD, it will ALL be used to the benefit of local animals in Dahab. Not a single penny goes to administration. To donate, please pop into our surgery or contact us (01993 772627, Thank you.