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.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Happy Rescue Day, Kali!

Kali, with my first ever self made flower garland!

One year ago we found Kali at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.

She was very emaciated and had lost nearly all her hair due to the mange. We picked her up and brought her to the KAT Centre and there she prospered: She gained weight and her hair started to grow again! It's amazing how fast she healed! To read her whole story, please refer to this blog post: Kali, the Story!

So, yesterday we celebrated Kali's First Rescue Day! She got a meaty cake and a flower garland and we spent all day outside playing with her.

On this occasion I want to thank my dear friend Ottavia again. It's been her idea to visit the temple that day, without her I would not have found Kali! Thank you Otta!

And many many thanks go out to everyone working and volunteering at the KAT Centre or donating to this good cause! Without you, this would not have been possible!

Kali's Cake!

Yummi meat cake. ^^

Playing with her Friend Luna!

Kali and her best friend Cheney!

Monday, July 9, 2012

A well spent Saturday morning in Kathmandu

A beautiful morning it was last Saturday at the farmer’s market located at the 1905 restaurant in Kantipath. A number of dedicated volunteers set up a table with delicious homemade cupcakes for sale, a donation box as well as informational pamphlets for educational purposes. Facing this table was a large display of precious dogs up for adoption. Our goal that day was to raise funds for our well deserved dogs and cats at the KAT center and what a success it was!! What was fascinating is that people made donations without any hesitation. Some explored their options on adopting and some were curious and wanted to know more about our accomplishments at the center. Without hesitation we were proud to inform them of our work. This was a great way to interact with the public and cultivate a relationship with future adopters and supporters. They encouraged and praised our work as volunteers at the shelter. They value our hard work and even more the animals will benefit from such generosity. The money donated is used towards medical supplies, equipment and essential pet products such as leaches, collars, food bowls, etc.  

The KAT center depends solely on donations to provide care, treatments and sterilizations for the stray dog and cat population of Kathmandu. All contributions, great or small can go a long way at the KAT center. Volunteers are welcomed and donations are gratefully appreciated for a cause that serves both the stray and human population of Nepal.

Veterinarian without Borders student volunteer,
Catherine Elli Nicolaou
Left: Kimberly, Kneeling: Colin and Ami, Right: Sophie and myself

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Kimmie, an aspiring veterinary student and her experience of volunteering at KAT Centre

I knew that I wanted to volunteer with animals in a country that needed me most. After some exploring the web, I stumbled upon Kat Centre's website. Looking at the before and after pictures of the dogs treated by Kat Centre, I knew that these people are truly making a difference. I was on the next plane to Kathmandu to meet and treat the animals.

As an aspiring veterinary student I was really looking for the opportunity to learn everything I can about animal medicine. Every day I get to assist veterinary volunteers with the treatment of a wide array of health issues. We have about 25 in house dogs that are up for adoption, some of which require daily medications. As much as I want to list something about every dog's kind personalities and treatment needs, I will resist. 
You will just have to come meet them yourself, and maybe even take one home with you 

We also take in several street dogs a month that have been seriously injured or have some sort of disease. Kat Centre really tries its hardest to treat these animals until they are well enough to be re-released back into the region in which they were found.  This has been the greatest hands on classroom I could hope for. I have assisted in casting legs, learned what medications are used in treatments, seen several surgeries and the list goes on…

I have been working in an American animal shelter for the past year, and admittedly there are some differences. The Kat Centre has taught me that none of these differences matter. You work with what you have and do what you can to see that the animals here are happy and healthy. 

I am sitting in a computer room locate inside Kat Centre writing this blog. I have a dog on each side of me as well as one on my lap. This place has been more than a volunteer opportunity for me, it's my home. I fly back to America in just two days and I can't help but wish I could take the entire staff, the many volunteers and all the 25 in house dogs back with me!

- Kimberly Wright ( Kimmie)