Friday, October 24, 2014

Kalu's Rescue

 On 16th October 2014, Animal Nepal & Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre (KAT) together hand in hand, handled a dog abused case which took place at Swambu nearby Benchen Monastery. This abused case was reported by Pema Orsel & her friends to us, witnessed by one of her friends. 

Kalu, a male dog, estimated about 8 months old was abused by his owners, an elderly couple. Kalu was seen being held up & beaten repeatedly at no mercy & supposedly received electric shocks. He was squealing like a pig in pain but the heartless couple were not bothered. All because Kalu kept pooping, peeing in the house, chewing wires & damaging many things in the house. 

When we arrived at the house, Kalu was at the roof top, tied up close to the side wall under a hot scorching sun which restricted his movement. The space for Kalu was extremely small. Even his cage was too small. There wasn't any bowl of water for him except an empty dirty plate.

When we met Kalu, we knew instantly he could be a happy & active dog who is growing up. Kalu looks healthy but the punishment he got from his master was atrocious & unacceptable. Its animal cruelty. When we gave solutions to the owner on how to treat Kalu such as getting a dog trainer, taking him for a walk, toys & etc, the response we got, NO TIME! Then why have a dog when you have no time? Because somebody gave the dog to them. From the reasons given & aggressive actions done towards Kalu, we knew he is not a genuine pet owner. The owner told us that we can take Kalu with us. We gladly took Kalu with us rather than letting him living in a 'hell'. For us, its all about saving another dog's life. Kalu is now safe in our hands. We are now giving Kalu the best while waiting for a new home for him. If you would like to give Kalu a forever loving home & a new start for him or if you would like to sponsor Kalu kindly contact KAT.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Just a Street Dog

Let me tell you a story today. A story about just a street dog. Just a street dog? No dog is just a street dog. Each dog has a story, has a life you might not think of when you see him sleeping in the sun by the side of the road.

Maybe he had a good breakfast, because the butcher likes him and throws him some scraps. Maybe he was petted by some school children and enjoyed that. Maybe he was chased by angry shop owners that were scared he might make customers afraid. Maybe he is dreaming about his mate that lives a few metres further down the road. Maybe he loves a girl that gets off the bus at 5 pm and he waits for her. You never know.

Every dog has its story. Today I want to tell you Namaste's story.

Namaste came to KAT quite a while ago, maybe about a year. She was an old dog, skinny and she had mange. She used to live in an empty house in Thamel. She was treated at KAT and we gave her the name Namaste, since she always begged with her paw for more cuddles.

One day, she escaped from the KAT Centre in Budhanilkanta. We didn't think much of it, of course it should not have happened, but she knew how to survive on the road. In June this year, we heard of her again. She was again living in Thamel in the abandoned house, had somehow made the way of about 10 km back. She was again emacinated and again mangy.

She was picked up again, treated again and began to thrive at KAT. When KAT moved, she was one of the few dogs allowed inside the house, sleeping in the living room. She didn't get along with other dogs very well, but she loved the company of humans. She was well loved and we all believed she was happy.

Two days ago, I got told that Namaste has escaped again. Some volunteers said they have seen her in Thamel, so my first thought was that she might have returned to the abandoned house again. Quickly one of KAT's old staff was contacted and he told us the exact location. Our volunteers Linda, Jessy and Richi went there - and found her.

A lady owning a tea shop there feeds her and Namaste seemed happy. She told us that Namaste's owners moved and just left the dog behind - when that was, we don't know. The only thing I can tell you is that this dog's loyality to his former owners is heart breaking. I wonder if they would have left her, had they known how endless her love is. I wonder what Namaste sees if she wanders in the old house. Does she expect the children she grew up with to be in a room, doing their homework? Does she wait for the father of the family to come home from work? Who knows.

We left Namaste in Thamel. After escaping twice and finding her way of 10 km back, I think we have to respect her choice of wanting to live there. But whenever you are in Thamel, keep your eyes open, maybe you see her, maybe you give her a treat or a few cuddles.

You wouldn't expect a story like this when you see a street dog. But every dog has a story, every dog loves, hopes, waits and has maybe done extraordinary things - or might do them for you. Be kind to them.


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Two years!

We are celebrating Kali's second Rescue Day today!! 

Head over to Kali's own new blog by clicking on the picture bellow:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sally and Cathrine

Everyday a dog life touches my heart at KAT. They come to us with the most terrible wounds, mangy skin or neglected from the streets but without any doubts they show the biggest strength and love that I’ve ever seen.
One of the dogs has grown to my heart and not just because she is a puppy. She was my best ally in Nepal for a really long time, and now she found the loveliest home that I ever could have imagined.
She is red and white, has a round belly, talks in her sleep and loves to chew green flip flops. Her name is Sally and she was a young puppy at KAT with a big attitude and personality.

Every day Sally jumped into the Microbus with me and drove home with me. We walked down the street and people smiled, when they saw her. When we were home she liked to find a nice pair of flip flops to chew on, or even better, a plastic bag. Often she just fell asleep and woke up two hours later, ready to play or learn a trick.

My Nepali roommates loved her, except her smell – she is Smelly Sally.

It’s tough to be a puppy in Nepal. Sally was found all alone on a roof in Kathmandu until some tourists brought her to KAT. Although her first start into life hasn’t been as sweet as almost every dog life back in Europe she shows lots of love and curiosity. Not to everyone though. Although we have been good at keeping Sally clean and showed her to do her business outside, there were some really funny coincidences. Every time I was annoyed or even angry at one of my roommates Sally pooped on his carpet or doormat. Luckily he didn’t notice, Sally was good at looking innocent and I’m good at cleaning quickly and hopefully he will never read this.

Sally learned to  “sit” and “give paw” before Farah 
and Lena from the Norwegian Embassy came into the KAT Centre. They wanted to adopt a dog, and not a puppy, but when Sally came running and gave paw to Farah their hearts melted. In the end they didn’t take the decision, but Sally did. They took her home on the same day.

Although it was tough to see her go and going home alone afterwards I still can’t stop smiling. She found the perfect home and the KAT-Centre and myself had an influence on her life. The staff at KAT make a little bit fun of me that I had to let my baby go. But yes, I had to and it warms my heart to know that she found a good home now. 


Monday, July 30, 2012

Another Feed a Street Dog Event!

Most of our loyal readers might already have read about the event on Facebook, but just to make sure that everybody who is interested hears about it, I'll also publish it on here.

We will have another Feed a Street Dog event on August 4th from 10 am to 4 pm - of course you don't need to take part for the whole duration! We will be meeting in front of Hot Breads Bakery in Thamel, close to Kathmandu Guesthouse and La Dolce Vita restaurant. It will be the same procedure as last time - people go out in small teams in areas which they choose to feed the dogs and give out flyers. Food contributions are more than welcome! Ask your local butcher if he can keep meat scraps or leftovers (also things that usually get thrown away, like intestines) for you and give them for free - boil them please at home before feeding them! Also left over rice or lentils and vegetables are good food for dogs.

You can also come to Thamel to pick up flyers and then go and feed the dogs in your own area and spread awareness in your own neighbourhood, if you like that better.

Here is the link to the facebook event page:

So, I hope to see you there! :)


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Happy End At Last!

Since one year, Winnie has been a resident of the KAT Centre. She was brought in with a crushed foot on her hind leg, the result of a car accident. Simona called her Winnie straight away, since her soft fur and the colour of the fur reminded her of the bear Winnie the Pooh.

The leg began to heal, and although she misses her claws on that foot, we were all hopeful that she'd use that foot again. But the months went by and it was clear that she would probably never use it - but still she is able to walk and hop around. She led quite a lazy life at KAT though, because walking was still inconvenient for her and she is also not too fond of other dogs.

You can not imagine how happy I was when Kanak Dixit, one of KAT's board members, told me that it was him that rescued Winnie and that he wants to adopt her for his Spinal Rehabilitation Centre! So today was the happy day when we loaded Winnie into the car and made our way out to Dhulikel to her new home.

When we arrived, Winnie was very eager to get out of the car and seemed to feel at home immediately. While I was given a tour of the place, Winnie came with us and met all the super nice staff of the place and the wonderful patients. It is a quiet, cheerful place and Winnie is allowed to move around everywhere, in the garden or in the wards or the canteen, and I am sure she will make many patients' days brighter!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

My Journey to KAT

My journey to KAT began in 2010 when Lesley came into my class at Polytech promoting a KAT Center fundraiser. As an animal lover I was intrigued but took no further action at this time. 6 months later when planning my own international trip I decided to google the KAT Centre , as I read through the web site I decided that Nepal would be my destination and the Center would be my goal.

Taking on three jobs, 6-7 days a week for the next two years I made my goal a possibility and when my volunteer application was accepted it became a reality.
Arriving at the KAT gates on the 5th of June with a huge sense of personal satisfaction I knocked and waited.

I was greeted by a pack of barking, curious, friendly dogs and Richa, the volunteer co coordinator.
I was completely overwhelmed by the introduction and as I was given the tour I had a feeling of helplessness, I wasn't sure where to begin or what I should do.

Stacey, another volunteer took me under her wing. The most important thing I could do was love them, cuddle them and be kind.I started with the ABC dogs (mostly the females in for sterilization) they seemed the most frightened and disorientated.

In turn I went into each kennel softly and slowly. I sat with them, pet them, brushed them and talked to them until they game me their acceptance and relaxed.

My role at the KAT Center is to show these beautiful, kind, loving, very confused and scared dogs kindness and love while they reside at the center.

Once these dogs have recovered from treatment they are released back into the community they live in.
As I walk through the streets of Thamel I'm pleased to see the work the KAT Center does, the dogs in the street are mostly tagged, happy, healthy and in a community that may not own them but looks out for them just the same.
My time with the dogs has lifted my heart and encouraged an awareness of other cultures and species. It has changed my life.