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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

The KAT Centre's October 2011 Newsletter

The Special Bond between a Dog and her Rescuer

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Kali, a few days after being rescued ... and just one month later!

When Simona decided to visit the famous Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, she never expected to meet a new lifelong friend. She had just arrived in Kathmandu a couple days before to volunteer at the KAT Centre, and was still learning how to get by amid the city's chaos and unpredictability. Simona and her friend Ottavia went to see Pashupatinath's temples, but they discovered a pathetic-looking dog wandering aimlessly among the crowds. She was almost completely hairless from mange, a skin disease that causes intolerable itching, and was terribly emaciated. Some sadhus - Hindu ascetics - who live around the temples put out some food for the dogs who live among the temples, but this little one was so sick that she didn't even look at it.

Simona and Ottavia simply couldn't walk away and leave this animal behind. Despite the dog's horrible skin disease, they picked her up and convinced a taxi driver to take the three of them to the KAT Centre. Our staff didn't know if the miserable little dog would survive through the day - they could see almost every bone in her body through her wrinkled skin and she seemed lifeless. She was hunched over and didn't move, not even to look around her new environment. However, the KAT team was determined to give her every opportunity to recover. They put her in a cardboard box to keep her warm, although for the first few days, she barely had the energy to stand up or walk out of it.

Many of KAT's staff and volunteers put extra time and effort into nursing the dog back to health. They gave her nutritious food, medicine, and medicated baths, and she gained a lot of weight within a couple weeks, and most of her hair was growing back after a month. Simona named her Kali, since she found her in front of a temple dedicated to the goddess with that name. Little Kali soon began to show her lively, energetic personality, always seeking attention from people and boldly playing with dogs much bigger than her. Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal

Of course, Simona gave Kali extra attention every day. Many volunteers who come to the Centre from abroad become very fond of certain animals and think about adopting them, but the challenges involved in bringing an animal to a different continent usually get in the way. But as Simona spent more weeks at KAT, her bond with Kali grew until she was sure she wanted this loving little dog to be a part of her life. Now Simona has returned to Switzerland, but as soon as Kali's blood tests and paperwork are completed, she will join her best friend and they will rekindle their special connection.

Please help the KAT Centre rescue more dogs like Kali. Everything we do depends on donations from people like you. Your gift of US$100 will give long-term treatment to a dog or cat in severe need. Click here to donate today!

Protecting a Village from Rabies

Bungamati is a beautiful historic village on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley. Its abundance of street dogs add to the town's character but also create a risk of a rabies outbreak - if a rabid dog entered the village and infected many of the local dogs, the villagers would be in danger.

In August, the KAT Centre ran its third rabies vaccination programme in Bungamati. As with the two earlier programmes, this was generously funded by Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen, a local charitable organisation. A team from the KAT Centre consisting of vets, other staff, and volunteers spent four days walking every street in the Bungamati area. We vaccinated all the pet dogs we could find and every street dog we could catch.

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Vaccinating dogs with the community's help, and handing out leaflets

Our vets also gave veterinary treatment to every dog who needed it, including de-worming tablets, medicine for mange, and antibiotics for an infection. Overall, the dogs were much healthier than in previous years, indicating our earlier awareness programmes have made an impact.

The community was very grateful and actively helped our efforts. In addition to bringing their pet dogs to be vaccinated, many villagers collected street dogs and brought them to us on leashes, tied to scraps of rope, and even carried in their arms! Some locals volunteered with us all four days, helping find dogs who hadn't been vaccinated or who needed medical care.

While vaccinating and treating dogs, we taught the public about rabies prevention, care for animals, the importance of sterilisation, and why KAT was conducting the programme. Our dog-catchers attracted a crowd everywhere we went, which made it easy to talk to people. We also set up an educational display in the centre of the village and handed out leaflets. Furthermore, the KAT Centre brought its Public Education programme to two schools in Bungamati to reinforce the other awareness activities.

Altogether, the KAT team gave rabies vaccinations to close to 500 dogs and educated hundreds of adults and children, ensuring that a rabies outbreak won't happen in the near future. Since the vaccines are effective for at least one year, we plan to return to Bungamati repeatedly.

Watch a video about KAT's Bungamati vaccination programme

Meet Three of KAT's Terrific Volunteers!

The KAT Centre has been lucky to have many enthusiastic and loyal volunteers over the years. Three young women from Europe who started volunteering this summer have been especially dedicated. In July, Simona Savoldelli (who you can read more about in the story above) traveled from Switzerland to Nepal to volunteer at KAT. Marie Karlsson from Sweden and Viktoria Drieselmann from Germany joined us just a couple weeks later. Both are living in Kathmandu because their significant others have jobs here. Although they don't have work visas, they want to spend their time here making an important impact, and the KAT Centre was a perfect fit.

Simona, Viktoria, and Marie have come to KAT almost every day to take care of our dozens of dogs and cats, including walking dogs, socialising and brushing animals, and giving skin treatments to dogs with mange. By spending so much time here, they develop close relationships with the animals. They have bought high-quality pet food for animals in poor health, milk for puppies, and dog toys. Viktoria even makes protein-rich food from tuna and chicken in her own kitchen for the animals. This trio soon became close friends.

Beyond caring for the animals at the Centre, they have found other ways to support animals in need in Nepal. Viktoria and Marie both have great ideas for events to raise money and awareness for KAT. Simona accompanied our staff to rescue sick and injured dogs, and Marie and Viktoria joined the team that vaccinated dogs in the village of Bungamati (which you can read about above). Additionally, Marie has taken many excellent photos that capture the emotions of life at the Centre. The three even collaborated to create a blog for KAT's volunteers to spread the word about the organisation!

The trio began raising awareness at a Saturday morning farmers' market in Kathmandu. They set up a display and a table with signs about KAT, brochures, a donation box, and t-shirts for sale, and bring adoptable dogs (including Kali from the first story above), who always attract animal lovers. On Friday nights, they bake homemade dog biscuits to sell at the market.

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KAT's volunteers raise money and awareness at a farmers' market

Recently, a 12-day-old puppy was brought to KAT. Dogs who are that young often don't survive without their mothers because they need to be fed every couple hours and they're very vulnerable to diseases. Simona brought the little puppy home every night and woke up through the night to make sure she didn't go hungry.

While Simona was here, she learned that she was accepted to veterinary school. She had planned to spend about one month in Nepal, but because of her dedication to the animals at KAT, she changed her plane ticket and flew home just a couple days before she began her studies. Her time at the Centre will be excellent practice for her future career!

Viktoria and Marie continue to take care of the animals at KAT almost every day, in addition to sharing their ideas for raising support for KAT. Since Simona left, Viktoria has taken over the responsibility of mothering the tiny puppy, who you will be able to read about (and see adorable photos of) in the KAT Centre's December newsletter.

Learn about volunteering at the KAT Centre!

Some Creative Fundraisers in the UK

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Carl giving a ghost tour, and Bethany and Jan Salter at the bakery

This summer, the KAT Centre received donations from people in Lyme Regis, England as a result of some very creative fundraising. Carl Salter, brother of Jan Salter (the KAT Centre's founder), gives 'ghost tours' in Lyme Regis, dressing in costume and entertaining guests with local ghost stories. Some of his tours draw crowds of more than 100 people! Carl donates the earnings to charities including the KAT Centre. Not only does he have fun giving the tours, he also raised more than 1300 pounds for KAT!

Other residents of Lyme Regis also collected money for the KAT Centre. A young animal lover named Bethany put a donation box at her father's bakery. To let people know about the organisation and the plight of street dogs in Nepal, she also made a sign about the KAT Centre which was posted at the bakery. Bethany's efforts raised 150 pounds to treat and vaccinate dogs who have no one to care for them.

Read more examples of fun, creative ways you can help street dogs in Nepal

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Get Involved!

Watch videos about KAT! See how we rescue and treat street dogs in Nepal, and watch KAT's founder Jan Salter describe our projects for animals in need.

Read the new KAT Blog and see what KAT's volunteers say about their experiences!

If you're in Kathmandu, meet us at the farmer's market! You can also shop for great cheese, bread, and more. It's at 1905 Restaurant on Kantipath, next to the Election Commission. We come every second Saturday beginning around 9am. Contact us at KATinfo@katcentre.org.np or 4377729 to ask when we will be there.

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