An insight into the dog friendly side of Kathmandu!
11 Dec 2014
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The animal caring world was left aghast after the biggest slaughter festival that took place in Kathmandu this year. Thousands of animals were slaughtered in a religious ceremony that questioned how animal friendly Kathmandu really is! The truth is, Kathmandu cares, not only for its pets but also for the hundreds of stray dogs that reside on the streets.
Kathmandu Animal Treatment Center, also called KAT center, was founded in 2004 by Jan Salter and is one of the most well known names in Kathmandu. Whenever there is an injured dog on the streets, one call to the center means the dog will in be in safe hands soon. The KAT Center is one of the three non profit organisations that take care of the vaccinating & vetting of the stray dogs and educating the community. The center is based out of a house with a big yard and has about 8 employees, including two veterinarians, who take care of the dogs. On an average day, there are about 50 stray dogs and few cats that roam about freely here. This center also take cares of the animal birth control programme and has a operation theatre that is open 5 days a week.
One of the main goals of KAT center is to reduce the number of stray dogs from the streets of Kathmandu by creating a healthier, rabies free street dog population as humanely as possible. Not only does the KAT center conduct on the street rabies vaccination, it also takes care of the spraying and neutering programs for the dogs. The center also treats injured animals and helps in the adoption of the puppies.
With more than 20,000 stray dogs on the streets of this city, the team of KAT center hopes to make the lives for the street dogs a little easy. With a motto of “healthy dog means healthy community”, the Center has brought about a good change amongst the local residents. More and more people are adopting dogs from the center and making calls to help a dog in distress.
The dogs of Kathmandu do seem to have a good safe future, all thanks to the KAT center.
Nepal Press Release