Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre
KAT IS MAKING GREAT PROGRESS!
Since KAT began its programme in selected areas, we have noticed significant local support from the community. We came to learn that many local people are deeply concerned about both the suffering of the stray dogs and the health risks associated with them. In the past there was no alternative to poisoning until KAT started its programme. Furthermore, we succeeded in convincing the Municipality about the relevance of our work, and as a result they have ceased the poisoning campaigns where KAT operates.
The Kathmandu municipality has continued to support us, after an initial donation and by delegating a staff member.
We are also getting an increasing number of calls to rescue dogs that have been involved in accidents or have been mistreated. We answer as many of these appeals as we can.
We are continually looking to improve our facilities and expand our programme, and for this we need to increase awareness and raise much needed funds. Please help in any way you can and Together, let us create a city where cruelty to animals is eliminated.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the KAT Centre?
The Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre is a registered charitable animal welfare organization established in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Centre’s mission is to create within the Kathmandu Valley a rabies-free, non-breeding street dog population through Animal Birth Control (ABC), operating along the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the management of stray dog populations.
Why do people need the KAT Centre?
There are over 20,000 stray dogs in urban Kathmandu, Nepal. Many dogs live in a pitiful state, suffering from starvation, disease, maltreatment and skin disorders. Some dogs carry rabies. Throughout Nepal, 16,000 people get dog bites and over 200 people die of rabies every year.
KAT is the first and foremost organization that is humanely reducing number of street dogs in Nepal, using Animal Birth Control (ABC). The Centre also rescues Kathmandu's stray dogs and stray cats who are sick, distressed or injured. We receive calls from the public every day to rescue animals, and many people bring cats and dogs to our shelter.
How can I support the KAT Centre's work to help animals in need?
You can help KAT's efforts to reduce animal cruelty in Nepal in a variety of ways, including making a donation, becoming a Member, sponsoring a rescued dog or a kennel, and donating items on our wish list.
Can I volunteer at the KAT Centre?
Yes! There are many ways you can help KAT, including volunteering at our Centre. You can volunteer for a few hours, days, or weeks. Many of our volunteers have told us they had wonderful experiences helping here.
Can I visit the KAT Centre? How do I get there?
Yes, we welcome visitors! Our staff will be happy to show you around the Centre and introduce you to some of the healthy, happy dogs we have rescued. The KAT Centre is open daily 9am to 5pm. On Saturdays and holidays we have fewer staff, so there may not be someone available to give you an introduction to the Centre.
How were street dogs controlled in the past?
In an attempt to control Nepal's stray dog population, the city government used to poison more than 10,000 dogs each year with strychnine. This is a horrific form of death, throwing the dogs into violent seizures for up to nine hours before they die. The poison is scattered on the streets in lumps of meat, where it is a danger to children (who often play in the streets) and people's pets.
The dog carcasses are dumped in piles and left to decompose in the river beds. As many Kathmandu residents depend on the river for their drinking water, this creates serious a health hazard. Furthermore, this method is ineffective because the remaining dogs breed and the dog population returns to its original size within a year.
To end this form of animal cruelty, the KAT Centre has an agreement with the government of Kathmandu so that the government no longer poisons stray dogs in the areas where KAT works.
Why does the KAT Centre focus on sterilisation of female dogs only?
KAT is a small but growing organization. With our present facilities and resources, we cannot treat every one of the more than 20,000 stray dogs in urban Kathmandu. The following equation explains why we focus on sterilizing female dogs only:
How can people identify the dog who have been treated by KAT?
Their ears are notched and tattooed. In addition, red collars are placed around the necks of fully grown dogs for easy identification.
Can I adopt a dog or cat from the KAT Centre?
Yes, we encourage people to adopt dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens from our shelter. You will save a life and help support KAT's mission. To learn more, please visit our adoption page. You are welcome to contact us or visit us in Kathmandu, Nepal to meet the rescued animals who are now available for adoption.
Before you adopt, you will be asked to fill out our Adoption Form. As per KAT Policy, we visit the homes of potential adopters to ensure they will provide a suitable environment for the animals.
Do I need to pay for adopting a dog or cat?
No, you can adopt a rescued animal from our Centre for free. Additionally, we provide free medical treatment for one year. After a year, you can bring the animal for check-ups and vaccinations. There is no fixed medical bill, but you are welcome to make a donation. Learn more about adopting a pet from the KAT Centre
Can I treat or sterilise my pet dog at the KAT Centre?
KAT doesn't treat or sterilise private dogs. We recommend that you contact private veterinarians and clinics. We can help you find a vet near you.
Are other animals also treated at KAT?
KAT is currently focusing on Kathmandu's stray dog population, and we also provide veterinary treatment to cats and other small animals. In special cases, we give medical care to larger animals, but we aren't able to house them at our current facility. Support from people like you will enable us to expand our facilities to rescue animals throughout Nepal of all species and provide life-saving veterinary treatment.
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