“The Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre is reducing rabies in Nepal – in both dogs and people.”
Education and Awareness
Every year in Nepal, about 32,000 people are treated for dog bites. Around 200 people, most of them children, die of rabies each year. Children are at the greatest risk because they often play in the streets, pet street dogs, and have not learned how to recognize if a dog may be aggressive. The Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre’s Education and Awareness Programme teaches people, especially children, how to know avoid dog bites and rabies, including how to identify dogs who may be aggressive or may bite them.
An additional problem caused by rabies is that people’s fear of this painful and deadly disease translates into inhumane treatment of street dogs, including killing dogs suspected of being rabid. Thus, by educating people about rabies prevention, KAT Centre is also reducing animal cruelty towards stray dogs in Kathmandu and throughout Nepal.