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
Most of our newsletters focus on stories of the animals we rescue, treat, and place into loving homes. This one highlights the people who make it all possible - people who are raising awareness and money, volunteering, and donating, to help needy animals in Nepal. If these stories inspire you, read about some fun, creative, and easy ways to support KAT in your own community!
With great sorrow I have to tell you that Mango, our beloved KAT mascot, is no longer with us.
This much loved little dog was one of the first animals I rescued and KAT treated for terrible mange when KAT opened in 2004. He was almost totally hairless and covered with oozing sores on arrival at KAT. But he very quickly responded to treatment and became the beautiful Tibetan terrier that has been so adored by so many over the years. (Please read his full story on KAT's website.)
This lively clever little fellow was always the first to greet people at the gate. Together with Tara (our dearly loved paraplegic in-house dog) they both became famous as KAT’s ambassadors in our ‘Dr Dog’ Pet Therapy programs.
But time caught up with Mango and in the past year he gradually became very frail. Major kidney failure and other aging problems were treated in vain. This plucky little guy could fight no more and to alleviate his pain - with a very heavy heart we had to help him go.
This is such sad news for us all and for many of you out there who knew him.
He is missed terribly by us all at KAT and will never ever be forgotten.
Ekta Gurung is a young Nepali woman who grew up in the Kathmandu Valley and now lives in London. When she learned about the KAT Centre through our website and Facebook page, she was inspired to help Kathmandu’s street dogs.
Ekta made a presentation about the KAT Centre using information in KAT’s online fundraising toolkit, and presented it to more than 300 employees at a meeting of the company she works for. This set the stage for a fun evening social event that she and some of her colleagues planned at their workplace. At the event, people mingled, enjoyed the free bar, and learned about Nepal’s street dogs and KAT’s work to help them. Raffles raised more than £400!
Ms. Gurung and her friends also created online giving pages on JustGiving.com, an easy way to raise money for a charity. They spread the word through emails and Facebook, and their friends and colleagues donated almost £500 online!
In addition to fundraising, Ekta set up monthly donations to sponsor a kennel at the Centre. Her contributions support the medicine, food, vet supplies, shelter, and loving care for all the dogs who live in that kennel throughout the year. The KAT Centre sends her periodic stories and photos of some of the dogs she’s helping.
Ms. Gurung has a lot of exciting ideas for raising awareness about street dogs and the KAT Centre. She’s now working with us to plan a campaign to encourage people to promote KAT on Facebook. Furthermore, she wants to give presentations about KAT to organizations of Nepalis living in the UK.
Two young people named Dino and Iksa came to the KAT Centre with an adorable one-day old puppy they had found lying on the street. His mother may have tried to move all her newborn pups to a safe place, and while she was avoiding Kathmandu’s dangerous traffic, she unknowingly dropped this one. He still had some membrane on him from his birth and hadn’t even opened his eyes!
The kids who rescued him were really upset to hear how slim his chance of survival was. Mother’s milk has the perfect balance of nutrients that a young puppy needs, and it’s very hard to create this balance with foods available in Nepal. Mother’s milk also gives resistance to illnesses which is important for developing a strong immune system, making orphan puppies and kittens very vulnerable to disease. Even a simple case of diarrhea can be fatal to such a young animal. Additionally, puppies as small as this one need to be fed every couple hours, all day and night. It was heartbreaking to see this helpless little peanut wriggling with his eyes shut, so full of life but so unlikely to live.
Still, we were determined to do whatever we could. Iksa and Dino said they would adopt him after two weeks, but before that they were too busy with college. KAT’s staff tried having the puppy nurse from a dog who was at KAT with her seven older puppies, but the tiny pup struggled to get any milk. One of KAT’s loyal volunteers named Marie knew he probably wouldn’t make it, but said, ‘How can we not try to save him!’
She brought the tiny guy home and fell in love with him immediately. He spent most of his time in a basket lined with towels and a hot water bottle, and every two or three hours he would start squeaking loudly until he was fed homemade puppy formula from a bottle. Then he’d wobble around on his little legs and fall asleep again. When he drank too fast, formula came out of his nose, which was adorable. After a few days of feeding him night and day, Marie was exhausted but still dedicated. A couple weeks later, she was heartbroken to hand him over to his rescuers but happy that he would live with people who care so much about him.
Against the odds, little Kibo (which is Japanese for ‘hope’) is still thriving. Dino and Iksa were excited to tell us that he opened his eyes, started crawling around on his own, and is happy and healthy. ‘He is very mischievous, though!’ Although there are some heartbreaking stories at the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre, there are far more successes like this one.
Cats Protection is a national British charity which rescues and re-homes unwanted and abandoned cats, and promotes responsible cat ownership. Members of the Teignbridge and Totnes Branch of Cats Protection learned about the work of the KAT Centre on 25 February 2012.
KAT has a sister organization, KAT Centre UK, which is a registered charity in the UK and raises money and awareness to support KAT’s programs in Nepal. KAT UK Trustees Frances Turner and Russ Pariseau were invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Teignbridge and Totnes Branch in Devon. They showed the audience of more than 50 members the KAT video ‘Kukur Puja’ and introduced them to some of the dogs KAT has rescued through ‘before and after’ pictures.
Both charities share the challenges of raising funds to keep their operations running, and also count on the time and devotion of volunteers both to spend ‘cuddle time’ with the animals and help socialize them to make re-homing easier, as well as to participate in fundraising activities.
Everyone was moved by the plight of street dogs in Kathmandu, and genuinely touched that an organization like KAT is working to address the situation. It didn’t matter that the attendees are more dedicated to cats than dogs. A number of the participants spontaneously contributed a total of £70 to KAT. All of us at the KAT Centre are grateful to Frances and Russ for the time and effort they generously devote to helping animals in Nepal.
Along with reducing the populations of street dogs and cats, spaying and neutering (sterilising) has health and behavioral benefits for pets. On World Spay Day, February 28, the KAT Centre held a public awareness event about the importance of sterilizing. We set up tables and informational displays in the heart of Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist neighborhood, and in front of the big Bhat Bhateni Super Market near the U.S. embassy in Maharajganj. Our volunteers and staff talked to hundreds of people and distributed leaflets about spaying and brochures about KAT. We told people about KAT’s Animal Birth Control (ABC) program and asked them to be a part of it by calling us about any street dogs they see who need to be spayed. We hope that this, combined with ABC, will help KAT to further reduce the number of street dogs in the city. It is certainly possible with supporters like you.
Visit our new 'Resources' section! The KAT Centre's website has a new section with information about cat and dog care, finding missing pets, traveling with pets, and more.
You can help stray dogs in Nepal - forward this email to your 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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