Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre
Our foundation and corporate sponsors
WSPA is funding our Animal Birth Control (ABC), Rescue & Treatment Programme, and part of the Education Programme.
The Alice Morgan Wright-Edith Goode Trust through Humane Society International funded our new animal ambulance.
The Chaudhary Group has over 40 companies under its umbrella and a distribution network spanning the Indian Subcontinent. They generously support the KAT Centre with monthly donations.
The Brigitte Bardot Foundation has funded the purchase of veterinary supplies and medicines.
The Body Shop has contributed to our running costs.
digitworks designed this website.
The Alice Morgan Wright-Edith Goode Trust has facilitated our education programmes.
The Charlotte Parks Foundation supported our Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme for three months.
The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust has sponsored our Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme.
A number of other companies, large and small, have donated
First, we're very excited that two of our long-term residents have just been adopted. Muni is a fun-loving playful dog, and Ruby was the "boss" of the KAT Centre's office. They are now living happily together with a family in Sitapaila, in the Kathmandu area.
A couple months ago, the KAT Centre's team was out in our Animal Ambulance and rescued a young, severely injured dog. She had been hit by a car and was left lying on the side of the road to die painfully. Extensive treatment by the KAT Centre's vets brought her to stable condition, but she has lost all feeling and movement of her back legs.
A dog in this condition would not be able to survive on the streets, but she is now living happily at KAT. Despite her disability, this charming dog has boundless energy and enthusiasm. She has become a favourite of our volunteers, who walk her around the centre every day using a padded cloth strap to hold up her back end. It's common to see volunteers running to keep up with little Yo Yo!
Yo Yo is now the second paraplegic animal living at the KAT Centre. The first is Tara, who has been at KAT since the organization opened, and who visits schools for disabled children and orphanages as part of our Pet Therapy programme.
Because Yo Yo is very tolerant and loves children as well as adults, we hope she will become another "Dr Dog," providing therapy to disadvantaged children. We're also looking for someone to sponsor this enthusiastic little dog, to support the costs of her food, shelter, and any medicine and vet care she may need.
Invite your friends to join us online, too, and help spread the word about KAT!
The KAT Centre's two vets have very big jobs - they are responsible for giving medical treatment to all the dogs and cats at our shelter. They also perform more than 1,000 spay and neuter surgeries every year and take care of animals in medical emergencies. Dr. Bidur Piya and Dr. Prabin Thapa have become true assets of the KAT Centre. They say, "Working at the Kat Centre gives us a feeling of joy of serving those pitiful street dogs that have been ignored by society. We hope the government will make a policy of animal rights as we are already working for their welfare."
Each morning when Dr. Bidur and Dr. Prabin arrive at the centre, they meet the catching team who has been out since dawn collecting female street dogs to be sterilised. The vets also talk to the staff about other animals at the centre who may need extra attention. They then spend much of their days performing operations and providing veterinary care to animals in need. In addition to treatment and surgeries, the vets work closely with KAT's animal care staff, training them and teaching them to provide routine treatment.
Every week, the vets also go into the communities of Kathmandu, treating animals who do not need to be brought to the KAT Centre. The most common disease they treat on the streets is mange, a terribly itchy skin disease that is very common in Nepal in the summer.
The KAT Centre has a plot of land in Godavari, a beautiful area in the southern Kathmandu Valley. We're beginning to raise money to build an animal shelter there, which will make it possible to bring our Animal Birth Control, Rescue & Treatment, and Public Education programmes to the entire Kathmandu area. We will be grateful for any support you can give to help us build this centre and fulfill our goal of creating a healthy, rabies-free dog population throughout Kathmandu.
We're also planning an anti-rabies vaccination campaign in Bungamati, a historic village on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley that has suffered from rabies outbreaks in the past. This will be our third programme in Bungamati, and many of the villagers have a better understanding of animal welfare as a result of our work there.
This dog is named after the colour black, which is "haaku" in the language of the Newars, the traditional inhabitants of the Kathmandu area. When he was brought to the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre, he was suffering from mange covering his entire body (except his ears) as well as some wounds. Life on the streets had clearly been hard on him. He doesn't look like a street dog, which makes us suspect that he was owned by people who left him out on the street when he became diseased.
Now he's making a strong recovery, although it will take some more time and treatment for all his hair to grow back. This calm dog loves to play with children and other dogs, and is grateful when KAT's volunteers take him for a walk.
We would like to convey to everyone that although mange can look horrible and causes a lot of suffering, it's generally easy to treat. The treatment takes weeks or even months, but it reliably eliminates the disease. The KAT Centre's mascot Mango suffered from severe mange when he was brought to KAT, and now most people wouldn't recognise that he's the same dog! We hope that Haaku, like Mango, will be completely cured soon and he can be another living example that dogs should not be thrown out on the streets because they have mange.
Suzanne Reid of Kilburnie, Scotland trekked around Mount Kailash in Tibet last month. She set up a fundraising webpage on JustGiving.com, and sent emails to her friends and family to ask them to sponsor her. Suzanne raised more than £1,200 - enough to rescue and treat almost 150 sick and injured street dogs!
Because the KAT Centre entirely depends on donations to implement our projects, fundraising efforts like this are extremely important. You can read more examples of fun, easy ways to raise awareness and money for KAT. Many thanks to Suzanne for her compassion for street dogs in Kathmandu!
The KAT Centre has a lot of loving, friendly dogs and puppies (and cats and kittens) who are hoping for permanent homes. Adopting an animal from KAT is easy - and free! You are welcome to visit KAT any time from 9am to 5pm to come meet our dogs and cats and find one who's a good match for you. KAT's vets will ensure the animal is healthy and has received all its vaccinations before you bring it home.
KAT gives one year of free veterinary treatment for all animals adopted from the centre, and you can call us any time if you have questions. If your new best friend is not old enough to be sterilised when you bring them home, we will spay or neuter them in the future.
Here's some advice for new adopters and everyone who's responsible for a dog:
• Dogs should have access to water at all times. Please check frequently to be sure your dog is has clean water to drink, especially in the summer. Don't forget to empty the water bowl and put in clean water at least once a day.
• If you put a collar, leash, or chain around your dog's neck, check that it's loose enough that you can fit two fingers under it. If it's too tight, it can cause a very painful wound around the neck.
• Bring your dog to a vet for a regular check-up at least once every year, even if she seems completely healthy. This can prevent future illnesses.
• If your dog runs away and then comes back, carefully check his entire body. He might have some injuries that are hard to see.
You can help stray dogs in Nepal - forward this email to your a friends, ask them to sign up for our newsletters, and invite them to visit our shelter or our website: www.KATCentre.org.np.
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