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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.

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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 2012 Newsletter



A Big Gesture by Little Girls

 
AidenA BIG thank you to 12 year old Aidan Gurung and Priya MacEwen for donating the profits from their garage sale to KAT Centre! The two Lincoln School students organised a sale of their old toys and “stuff” to raise funds for KAT. It was a whooping success and raised over 13 000 NRs (over $150)!

Ala and Aiden
The money raised was used to spay two female dogs from the Thamel area and it is enough to provide treatment for a little puppy the girls named “Buttons”. Buttons came in looking like a little monkey…she was almost completely hairless and it was difficult for us to predict what colour her coat would be. She was very shy and scared. Below is a picture of her a week or so after being brought in. She is a real sweetheart - giving kisses and forever seeking attention. On the other hand she can really stand up to the older dogs in the treatment unit – if she doesn’t like something she growls and snaps at them. She is a real character!


ButtonsWe are pleased to say that her treatment is going well and she looks better and better each day. Her coat seems to be beautifully multicoloured. Do check out our volunteer blog (http://katcentre.blogspot.com/) in a month or so to see the final result of Button’s treatment!

                                
Please visit http://www.katcentre.org.np/help/yourdonation.html to see ways in which you can help KAT Centre.


Road Widening Affecting KAT

All over Kathmandu, houses are being destroyed to make room for a wider road and sidewalks. Walking around the city, seeing the houses half destroyed and piles of bricks everywhere one feels like in a war-zone .

The_roadKAT too has been affected by this, as we had to shift 3 metres inwards, making the compound significantly smaller. The front wall had to be smashed down and our office building (which also contained the visitors' room) demolished. The little house in which our resident staff and their kids were living lost one of its two rooms.

For now, we are only having a provisional barrier to keep the dogs in and are hard pressed for space to contain medicines, dog food, information material and others. We had to rent some office space further up the street in order to keep the administration going, but these are additional expenses...

Hereby, we would like to apologise to visitors who recently came to KAT and were not properly received. The situation is quite chaotic at the moment and we are in distress about the money that it will cost to rebuild. If you would like to help us in this difficult situation, please find ways of donating here: http://www.katcentre.org.np/help/donate.html


Dog Population Survey - Results Of The Community Questionnaire

surveyIn late 2010 KAT Centre and WSPA organised a street dog population survey in Kathmandu. This is the survey that showed a significant decline in the number of street dogs in Kathmandu in the 6 years since KAT had started its work. In addition to a physical dog count, a community questionnaire was done in order to find out more about people's attitudes towards street dogs. An example question is on the right

A total of 522 individuals were interviewed. This July we had so many volunteers at KAT that we could finally start administrating all the data and analysing it. Click here to download the full results


Feed A Street Dog

August 4th over 30 people joined Feed A

                    Street Dog 1us for our second “Feed a Street Dog – Create Awareness!” Day in Thamel.

We had our first in December last year and it was a tremendous success, as was this most recent one. The idea is to feed street dogs, get the attention of the public, give out flyers and raise awareness about KAT Centre's work. The event is targeted at Nepalese citizens, with the aim of making them realise that dogs are a part of their environment and that they are responsible for their welfare. If the dogs are healthy and happy, only then will the local community be healthy and happy - that is the message.

When talking with the Feed_a_street_dog_2public we stress the importance of vaccinating dogs for rabies and Animal Birth Control.The event was advertised on Facebook and we were astonished by the great response. A lot of young Nepalese joined forces with our international volunteers and set out onto the streets of Kathmandu. Everyone brought some food for the dogs (boiled goat intestines and rice, chicken, biscuits and commercial dog-food) to our stall in front of the Hot Breads Bakery in Thamel.

The volunteers formed small teams, grabbed some food and some flyers, and went off to the area of their choice. In the end all of Kathmandu was covered, as volunteers rode off on scooters, motorbikes and by bus and dispersed in all directions.The attention we got was overwhelming and the feedback very positive. 

Feed_a_street_dog_3Most Nepali people knew about KAT and expressed gratitude for KAT's work. Many locals offered their help to give medicine to sick animals or to assist with dog-catching when KAT comes to work in their neighbourhood. Last but not least, it does give huge satisfaction to see the street dogs enjoying a nice meal! Due to the enormous success of these past events we are already planning another "Feed a Street Dog Day" for October 27th 2012.

Everybody is invited, everybody can take part. It is spreading awareness and heaps of fun as well. Please do join us if you are in Kathmandu! Watch out for details of this up-coming event on KAT’s facebook page.



National Seminar On Dog Population Management


Seminar 1An unprecedented event took place on the 12th of August 2012: Nepal's first "National Seminar on Dog Population Management". It was organised by Animal Welfare Network Nepal (of which KAT is a part of) with the support of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, Humane Society International and Tufts University (USA). The one-day seminar was held at the beautifully-located Godavari Village Resort on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The seminar was attended by over 100 dignitaries:  central and local government representatives, veterinarians and people working in animal welfare NGOs (including KAT!), as well as distinguished guests from abroad, such as the Chairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India - Major General R.M. Kharb. The aim of the seminar was to secure commitment from all stakeholders to the humane and effective management of Nepal's dog population.

Seminar2Throughout Nepal many local authorities still resort to mass poisoning to try to control dog populations, strychnine being the poison of choice. They are under pressure to control rabies and other problems caused by dogs such as noise pollution and traffic accidents. However, over the years, the strategy of poisoning has proven ineffective. The only way to reduce and stabilise the dog population is through Animal Birth Control. In Nepal KAT has shown this method to be effective (the 2010 dog population survey showed a significant decline in the street dog population in the few years that KAT had been active).  Nepal’s street dog population is now estimated at three million, and many of these animals are suffering from injuries, disease and neglect. Poisoning not only introduces massive pain on the dogs, but psychologically impacts human society, and is a source of environmental pollution. It is unacceptable.

Seminar3Several alternative approaches to controlling dog populations, from within and outside Nepal, were discussed during the Seminar, which culminated in a Declaration which urges the responsible government authorities in Nepal to adopt humane, scientific methods of dog population management. It has been an enormous challenge to get the Government of Nepal to commit to tackling the street dog problem and the associated rabies problem in the past. Nepal is lagging behind its neighbours when it comes to Animal Welfare and we do hope that those who attended the seminar will be inspired to finally step in and support local NGOs struggling to improve street dog welfare in Nepal.


Buddy Has Been Adopted

Buddy_beforeBuddy has been a long term in-house mature dog at KAT. When he was spotted 4 years ago by Jan, running the street in Lazipath, he was being chased by a pack of local dogs and was on the run… His torn ears were streaming with blood. His mangy skinny body was naked of hair and also red with blood.  After  a series of difficult maneuvers, trembling and exhausted he was finally caught.


But unable to find a taxi that would take this blood Buddy_afterstained creature to KAT, Jan persuaded an office shop to put him in their bathroom, while she contacted KAT to quickly send the ambulance to ferry him to KAT. This gentle lovely dog became a favorite at KAT, but because he was an older dog, he was passed over each time at adoption…until Diana came along ! She fell in love with him even before she met him, having seen him on our adoption ad. Look at his picture now at his new home…doesn't he look happy. To see more animals looking for their forever-homes please visit  http://www.katcentre.org.np/help/adopt.html


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