Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre
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Tried and tested

Animal Welfare Organisations accept that Animal Birth Control (ABC) has been proven to be the only humane way of controlling the street dog population and eliminating rabies worldwide.

In many cities in India, Animal Birth Control (ABC) has completely eliminated rabies and dramatically reduced street dog populations.

A stray dog in Nepal, rescued and treated by the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre
Post-op care at the KAT Centre

 

Beauty before treatment
Beauty before treatment

Beauty after treatment
Beauty after treatment

Volunteer in Nepal with the
Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre!

Volunteers play an essential part in our work to improve the lives of dogs and other animals, and people who come to Nepal to volunteer at the KAT Centre generally tell us they had wonderful experiences.

There are many different ways you can get involved here at the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre, from caring for animals to working on computers in the office to raising awareness around Kathmandu. You can also give foster care to animals in your home. Please let us know your interests and abilities and we will match them to the work available so you will have a meaningful and memorable experience.

See photos of what volunteers can do at the KAT Centre!

Learn about opportunities for veterinary volunteers and internships and externships for vet students.

Read the KAT volunteers' blog!

'Despite my lack of technical skills, my time volunteering at KAT was spent in ways that made a direct positive impact on the lives of the animals I was working with. I was able to see that what I was doing made difference, and that was deeply rewarding.'
 – Trevor LaSarre from Chicago, USA

A volunteer vet at the KAT Centre in Kathmandu, NepalThe Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds – technical (veterinarians, vet students, and vet techs / nurses / paravets) and non-technical. Non-technical volunteers can fill many important roles, including helping the cats and dogs feel more comfortable with people, washing and brushing the dogs at the shelter, helping in our office, and updating our computer files. You can also go to public places in Kathmandu and put up posters, invite people to visit the Centre, ask businesses to put out KAT brochures, and talk to the public about stray dogs in Nepal, KAT's programs to help the dogs, and rabies awareness.

Important: see our guidelines for technical and non-technical volunteers.

Since KAT does not have a structured volunteer program, we encourage volunteers to take initiative to ask the staff how they can help. A proactive attitude will give you a more rewarding experience.

We operate every day of the week, although on Saturdays we have fewer staff so things are generally quieter. Volunteers are welcome for a few hours, days, weeks, or months, any time between 9am and 5pm.

'Since I've been introduced to the KAT Centre I've been trying to go there as often as possible. When I'm not at the centre I really miss it. You get used to the positive energy and the loving atmosphere you find at the KAT Centre.'
– Anna Hoogendijk from the Netherlands

Location and Accommodation

The Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre is located in Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan country of Nepal. Specifically, it is in Deubachowk, near Budanilkantha, approximately 3.5 km (2 miles) north of the Kathmandu Ring Road.
Find out how to get to the KAT CentreVolunteer with dogs and other animals in Nepal!

Most KAT volunteers stay in hotels in central Kathmandu, which range from US$5 upwards per night. If you want, we will be happy to arrange hotel accommodation for you according to your budget. We can also arrange a home-stay, where you will live with a Nepali family and enjoy their hospitality.

Visas

If you will be in Nepal for less than five months, then you should come in on a tourist visa. Visitors from most countries can easily get a tourist visa when you arrive in Nepal. (Bring U.S. dollars cash.)

Medical Care / Insurance

Volunteers at KAT should be vaccinated for rabies. If you aren't able to get the vaccinations before you come to Nepal, you get them in Kathmandu. You should also have adequate medical insurance to cover volunteering with animals.

Volunteers and staff with dogs in Kathmandu, Nepal

Items to Bring with You:

  • We ask technical volunteers who have their own spaying instruments to bring them, if possible. The KAT Centre has a limited amount of surgical equipment and it can be inconvenient to sterilize instruments in the middle of a series of surgeries. Also, you may want to bring gloves, as hand sizes here are generally small for Westerners.

  • In the unlikely case that you are delayed at Immigration and need assistance, we suggest that you have our contact number handy so you can call us: 4377729 (or from phone numbers abroad, +977-1-4377729).

  • It will be useful to bring a mobile phone, if you have one. Sim cards are cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu.

Volunteers raise awareness about stray dogs and stray cats in NepalTechnical Volunteers (Veterinarians, Vet Students, & Vet Techs / Nurses / Paravets):
Information and Opportunities
Application Form

General / Non-Technical Volunteers:
Information and Opportunities
Application Form

After completing the application form, please send it to the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre by email, by post, or simply bring it to us.

See photos of what volunteers can do at the KAT Centre!

Read the KAT volunteers' blog!

Volunteers' Code of Conduct