Fulfilling KAT’s Wishlist

9 November 2009 - 7:24pm 1 Comment

KAT's noticeboard & wishlist. Note the many dogs that have been rescued and treated by KAT


Kathmandu Animal Treatment (KAT) centre in northern Kathmandu. The team go out in their vans to rescue injured dogs and collect strays for their Animal Birth Control program.

The small team at the Kathmandu Animal Treatment (KAT) Centre does incredible work to improve the welfare of the dog population in Kathmandu. Shockingly, local councils were, until recently, poisoning stray dogs in an effort to control the booming dog population in the inner city. KAT founder, Jan Salter, was inspired to start an Animal Birth Control program where female dogs are spayed to combat the out-of-control puppy birth rate in the cities. So far, KAT have operated on more than 7000 dogs in the northern area of Kathmandu and as a result, the dog population in these areas has stabilised and the local councils have stopped poisoning dogs.

Dogs get a red collar, green tattoo and ear notch after spaying

After recovering from the operation, the stray dogs are returned to the same area from whence they came, where they tend to receive better care from the local residents as the puppy birth rate declines. KAT staff also advice the locals on how best to care for the dogs and leave their contact details behind in the event that further treatment is required.

Dogs suffering from severe mange and distemper are in good hands at KAT

 

Due to overcrowding, malnutrition and weak immune systems, dogs in Kathmandu frequently suffer from mange, a skin condition causing the dogs to itch uncontrollably and lose their fur. Distemper and rabies are also common diseases that afflict the poor animals. KAT vaccinate against rabies and treat many dogs for mange, successfully curing ‘hopeless” cases like Mango and Lucy, giving them a much better quality of life than they would have had on the streets.

KAT success stories - Lucy and Mango! Both were found with severe mange and had almost no fur

KAT’s premises are green and planted with trees and flowers, providing the dogs with a green, airy space unlike the crowded confines of the city. Where possible, the dogs are given free run of the place, while sick and recovering dogs are housed in individual kennels sponsored by kind individuals and organisations. in fact, two kennels are sponsored by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche and Kechara House!

Lots of green space for the dogs to run around in! KAT's facilities include the operating room (left) and recovery kennels (right)

Kennel sponsored by H.E. Tsem Rinpoche. Dogs rest in these kennels after surgery or medical treatment

At any one time, KAT have between 35-45 dogs living on the premises. Additionally, the KAT team rescues and operates on an average of 10 dogs per day. Without sufficient equipment and supplies, cleaning and caring for the dogs can become a monumental task.

KAT founder, Jan Salter, and Mango, KAT's first client!

The dedicated KAT team: Ms. Rekha Shreshtha (accounts), Anil Bajracharya (manager), and vets Dr. Kiran Pandey and Dr Bidur Piya

Following last week’s appeal to help our furry friends at KAT, generous sponsors have come forward and we have been able to fulfill almost all of KAT’s wishlist! On behalf of KECHARA, Ladrang Liaison Ooi Beng Kooi presented KAT founder Ms. Jan Salter and the rest of the KAT team with the following items.

  • Food – rice, lentils, eggs
  • Towels (various sizes)
  • Buckets & containers
  • Dustbins (3)
  • Cleaning equipment (brooms, mops, brushes, etc)
  • Pressure cooker
  • Electric heaters
  • Table fan
  • Food bowls (various sizes)
  • Collars, leashes, muzzles
  • Emergency lights
  • Laundry detergent, Dettol, bleach, lysol, other cleaning products
  • Slippers for operating theatre
  • Blue cloth for operating gowns
  • Door mats
  • Rugs
  • Cloth for cleaning and blankets
  • Garden hose
  • Padlocks
  • Hot water bottles
  • Office stationery
  • Wall clock
  • Cooking pot

Inspecting the offerings while Mango looks on

Happy group photo! The KAT team were extremely grateful for the much needed items

KECHARA fully support the good work that KAT is doing, which is extremely necessary and in-line with our spiritual guide H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s advice to always care for all sentient beings, especially suffering animals who have no control over their circumstances. It is always a pleasure to visit KAT, whose clean and well-maintained premises are a wonderful haven for the dogs. By supporting KAT and other deserving animal shelters, Kechara are creating the causes to start our own animal sanctuary, to care for and ease the suffering of sick, unwanted animals. Please support our efforts to help KAT. Contact Liaison Jamie Khoo at jamie.khoo@kechara.com or call +6016 323 9567 for more information.

Happy dogs at KAT!