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.
WSPA is working with member society the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre (KAT) to address the local stray dog problems.
The KAT centre 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 neighbourhoods.
The centre also performs emergency treatment for stray dogs and makes weekly educational visits to Kathmandu schools.
Since the programme started there has been a visible improvement in the health of Kathmandu’s stray dogs and the stray population has reduced.
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 centre and the WSPA.