In its ongoing charity efforts towards improving animal health and welfare, VetEnt’s latest work saw the VetEnt Gisborne branch donate expired drugs to help the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre (KAT Centre) in Nepal.KAT-0182

The KAT Centre is the largest dog welfare organization in Nepal. As a non-profit registered charity, it is dedicated to improving the welfare of Nepal’s animals and humanely creating a healthy stable street dog population in Kathmandu.

There are currently more than 20,000 dogs living on the streets of Kathmandu, many of them suffering from starvation, infected open sores and various other health conditions including rabies. In fact, every year around 200 Nepalese locals (many of whom are children) die of rabies as a result of being bitten by street dogs.

In an attempt to try and control the city’s dog population, the Kathmandu city government used to poison thousands of street dogs every year using strychnine. The poison causes horrific and often agonizing deaths, yet it is ineffective in controlling the street dog population as the remaining dogs simply continue to breed.

However, with the help of KAT, the local government has agreed to stop poisoning street dogs in the areas where the organization works. The aim is expand KAT’s presence and efforts throughout the Kathmandu Valley and ultimately put an end to the poisoning. This is why it’s so important to ensure that the KAT Centre gets as much help as possible to continue the great work they’re doing.

In an email sent to Maarten van den Heuvel, veterinarian at the VetEnt Gisborne branch, Gregg Tully of the KAT Centre thanked the VetEnt team for their help:

“Thank you for your generous gift of veterinary supplies to the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre. Your donation makes it possible for us to help animals in need.

“The KAT Centre has sterilised and vaccinated 40% of the female dogs in Kathmandu, and we plan to bring our Animal Birth Control (ABC) and Rabies Vaccination programme to the entire Kathmandu Valley. With your help, we can accomplish this goal.KAT logo

“Additionally, thanks to contributions from you and other donors, the KAT Centre’s Rescue and Treatment programme has saved thousands of street dogs suffering from collisions with cars, starvation, severe infections, and worse. Your support also enables KAT’s Public Education programme to teach children and adults how to treat animals humanely and avoid dog bites and rabies.

“Many, many thanks from myself, the animals who will benefit from your donation, and the KAT team. Your generosity is helping us create a city without animal cruelty.”

The KAT Centre always needs more help and donations, so if you would like to help, please feel free to contact VenEnt Gisborne or your nearest VetEnt branch.

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11 July 2012, 20:06