Combatting rabies in Nepal

Every year in Nepal at least 200 people die from rabies after being bitten by dogs. The fear of rabies has led to the country turning against its stray dog population.

In Kathmandu there are over 20,000 stray dogs. Until recently the local authority resorted to poisoning these animals, causing them to convulse in agony for many hours before dying.

Not only is this method cruel, random culling doesn’t reduce the spread of rabies.

Working humanely, working effectively

Lucy the dog with a KAT veterinary assistant

WSPA is working with member society the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Center (KAT) to address the local stray dog problems.

The KAT center neuters dogs, vaccinates them against rabies and provides any veterinary care they need. The dogs are tattooed and receive an ear mark to indicate that they have been treated. Once fully recovered, the dogs are returned to their original neighborhoods.

The center also performs emergency treatment for stray dogs and makes weekly educational visits to Kathmandu schools.

Amazing results

Since the program started there has been a visible improvement in the health of Kathmandu’s stray dogs and the stray population has reduced.

The KAT center has now reached over a quarter of the dog population in the Municipality and expanded their education work.

This project has provided an effective alternative to poisoning dogs and is helping to change the attitudes of both the public and the Government.

Read the moving story of Lucy, just one of many abandoned, emaciated dogs given a second chance at life by the KAT center and the WSPA.

How you can help

Your help is urgently needed to support WSPA’s vital stray management work and make a difference to both animals and the people who live alongside them.
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