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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 May 2012 Newsletter

 


Changing the Lives of People, as well as Animals!

Samuel Davies first came to Nepal as a medical student on a placement at hospitals in Nepal. While visiting an orphanage, he saw a dog suffering from severe injuries who no one was helping. 'After using what limited medical supplies I had with me, I called a friend who put me in touch with the KAT Centre,' Samuel explained. 'They drove out in their ambulance and came to my aid, taking the animal back to their Centre.

Samuel scratching Tara,
KAT's paraplegic dog

'I was so impressed with their compassion and dedication that after my medical placement had finished, I visited the Centre to thank all their wonderful staff. I spent the remainder of my time in Nepal volunteering at the KAT Centre, and it was here where my passion for animals was kindled. I have since left the field of human medicine to pursue my newfound dreams of becoming a vet.'

Samuel has become a dedicated supporter of the KAT Centre. By telling his friends about KAT, he’s responsible for at least one excellent volunteer coming to the Centre. He recently raised funds to buy a microscope which KAT’s vets now use to diagnose illnesses, and he’s planning to donate more equipment to help us treat ill and injured animals.

Samuel’s newest idea is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro as a way to raise money for KAT. He made a webpage on JustGiving.com, which lets anyone collect donations for a charity from their friends, family, and colleagues. Samuel is using this undertaking to motivate people to donate to KAT!

We’re delighted that Samuel is dedicating his life to helping animals and we feel honored that the KAT Centre helped him find his passion. KAT is changing the lives of people as well as animals!


A Very 'Lucky' Dog Gets a Second Chance!

Late one night, the KAT Centre received a call about a dog hit by car in Gamcha, a neighborhood near the Centre. KAT’s staff drove out in an animal ambulance to rescue the dog and give him initial treatment, and the following morning our vets examined his leg which seemed to be broken. He was in shock from accident and was in a lot of pain. We took him for an X-ray of his leg and discovered that his femur (thigh bone) was badly fractured and needed a difficult procedure involving putting metal pins in the bone. Since KAT’s operating room doesn’t have the equipment for this surgery, he would need to go to a private vet clinic, but this would cost more money than KAT is able spend on a single animal.

Our volunteers were so moved by seeing such a beautiful, gentle dog in a pitiful situation that they decided to raise the funds to cover his treatment. They spread the word about this dog among their friends and family through social media like Facebook, and collected the money to pay for his surgery. For obvious reasons, they named him Lucky.

Lucky’s surgery was successful, thanks to the help of the generous people who supported him. He has been at KAT for a couple months and he is recovering well with the effort of our vets, volunteers and staff. We're now giving Lucky physiotherapy, and we hope to soon see him running around at KAT. Then it will be time for us to bid him farewell; he is a much-loved community dog and the people in his home neighborhood are eager to have him back.

KAT receives many calls to rescue dogs hit by cars and motorbikes. If all of us drive more slowly and safely, this won’t be such a problem. Sadly, many of these animals don’t survive because their injuries are too severe or they need more treatment than KAT has the funding to provide. Learn about sponsoring the medical treatment of a street dog in need, to save the life of a dog like Lucky. We will send you a photo and the story of the dog you sponsor, and you can name him or her!


In Conversation with KAT's Volunteers

On 20th March, some of our volunteers and staff gathered during their lunch break to share their views and experiences about animals. Richa from the KAT Centre asked them a few questions, and they all appreciated learning from each other.

Why do you love animals?

Ala:  Because they are not as complicated as humans.
Yaiza: Animals are honest.
Robine: They give you love back.
Simone: Animals are trustworthy and they can be your best friend.

Tell us about an act of cruelty against animals that you have heard of or seen.

Sophie: In the neighborhood of Kathmandu where I am staying, children throw stones at stray dogs and tease them.
Jos: I think illegal poaching is a cruel act against animals. Humans are being selfish by selling wild animals' body parts for money.
Yaiza: Many people abandon their pets after they get old or sick and leave them on street, which is so cruel.
Richa: It can be difficult to intervene on issues that involve people’s cultural and religious beliefs. 
Ala: Yes, but if we educate them, things will change over time.

How do you think we can eliminate cruelty against animals?

Sophie: The government should be more active and have strong regulations for the protection of animals.
Yaiza, Robine, Ala, and Simone: Education plays a vital role in making people aware of animal welfare, especially children. If we impart humane education to them, then they will be the ones to bring about positive changes.
Richa: I agree that education has an important role, and humane education focusing on animal welfare and conservation should be incorporated in school curricula. What are the most important aspects that should be included in a school curriculum?
Sophie: Basic information on how to take care of animals.
Jos: The animal welfare curriculum should be practical, with examples, rather than just theory.
Ala:  Relate it to biology, including why animals are important in any ecosystem, and public health issues.

Learn more about volunteering for KAT, in Kathmandu and in your own country!


KAT Has a New Corporate Sponsor!

Himalayan Corporation has formed a partnership with the KAT Centre to provide important support for the dogs living on the streets of Nepal. As a corporate sponsor of KAT, Himalayan Corporation now funds the fuel and maintenance of KAT’s animal ambulances which travel Kathmandu’s streets every day to collect dogs and rescue sick animals.

Himalayan Corporation sells popular pet treats such as Himalayan Dog Chew, which is made from yak milk and cow milk, using traditional methods and an ancient recipe of the people of the Himalaya. The company is based in Washington, USA, and sells its products in many countries all over the world. It is run by a Nepali family who are very compassionate to animals (especially dogs!). If you're in North America, learn where you can buy this unique dog treat.

Mr. Ram Shrestha, a representative of Himalayan Corporation (and father of Sujan Shrestha, the CEO and president) came to the KAT Centre to sign an agreement for the partnership. Representing KAT was Jan Salter, who founded the organization eight years ago, and two of KAT’s board members, Hari Bamsha Acharya and Madan Krishna Shrestha, who are famous throughout Nepal as a comedy duo.

The KAT Centre is grateful to Himalayan Corporation for its long-term support for KAT’s efforts to create a healthy street dog population in Kathmandu. We hope to form partnerships like this with other companies in Nepal and abroad. Contact us to learn more!


KAT Received an Award for Excellence

In the 10th National Conference of the Nepal Veterinary Association, KAT Centre received an Excellence Award for our ‘outstanding work in animal birth control and welfare'. The theme of the conference was ‘Veterinarians for Safeguarding Animals, Humans and the Environment’. Jan Salter, the founder of the KAT Centre, received the award on behalf of the KAT team.

We would like to thank the Nepal Veterinary Association, which has acknowledged KAT’s eight years of success to improve animal welfare. This recognition has heightened our spirits and boosted our energy to carry on our work.



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