Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre
KAT IS MAKING GREAT PROGRESS!
Since KAT began its programme, we have noticed significant local support from the Nepali community. We came to learn that many local people are deeply concerned about both the suffering of the stray dogs and the health risks associated with them. In the past there was no alternative to the government poisoning dogs. We have succeeded in convincing the city government about the importance of our work, and as a result they have ceased the poisoning campaigns where KAT operates.
We are also getting an increasing number of calls to rescue dogs that have been involved in accidents or have been mistreated. We answer as many of these appeals as we can.
We are continually looking to improve our facilities and expand our programme, and for this we need to increase awareness and raise much needed funds. Please help in any way you can and Together, let us create a city where cruelty to animals is eliminated.
Facts and Accomplishments
There are more than 20,000 street dogs in urban Kathmandu, and over 35,000 in the Kathmandu Valley. Every year, around 200 Nepali people die of rabies (most of whom are children) and 16,000 are treated for dog bites.
The KAT Centre opened on 9 May 2004 to address these issues. In just a few years, KAT has made a very noticeable impact on the Kathmandu Valley's dog community.
As of March 2012:
The KAT Centre has given over 25,000 rabies vaccinations to Nepalese street dogs, including 10,000 dogs who were vaccinated in collaboration with the other members of the rabies alliance, a coalition of Nepalese governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
'Because nowadays there are less stray dogs, the people are also a lot nicer towards them, which leads to the stray dogs being nicer towards people.'
KAT's work has affected people as well as dogs. Far more people call the KAT Centre to ask us to rescue injured or sick street dogs than in the past. Before KAT was founded, the city government received more than 150 calls every month from people asking for a street dog to be killed. Now they only get four to five such calls each month.
The government of Nepal, KAT, and other organisations collaborated to conduct city-wide surveys in Kathmandu in 2006 and 2010. The results show that the number of street dogs in urban Kathmandu decreased from roughly 31,000 to around 22,500. The percent of female dogs who have notched ears, indicating they were spayed by KAT, increased from 15% to 40%! As a result, the dog population is expected to decrease significantly in the next generation.
The 2010 survey found that in the parts of Kathmandu where KAT has been working, people are kinder towards street dogs than in the areas that KAT's programmes have not yet reached. (Full survey report: 23 page, 698kb Word document.)
With your help, KAT will soon extend its reach to the entire Kathmandu Valley, and we hope to eventually rescue animals in need throughout Nepal.
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