Posted on December 24, 2017
Namaste and Greetings from KAT Centre,
A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, FROM THE KATHMANDU ANIMAL TREATMENT CENTRE FAMILY
THERE ARE 83 animals at KAT Centre today (Dec 24). This number changes every day.
Please say hello to Mahadeva (click here) and Max (click here) – both of whom received a second life, thanks to amazing staff and volunteers of KAT Centre – and specially you for supporting our work. Or, meet some of the animals getting ready to be adopted (click for pictures).
FIRST OF ALL, thank you so much for your support to build KAT Centre. We are receiving more and more volunteers every month to help us out in our work. Browse through the volunteer Gallery.
Our fundraiser was ambitious, and we have nearly reached 50% of our target. Building KAT its own place – was one of the objective of our founder, and active members of KAT. We were – years ago, able to secure land for KAT from a generosity of our precious donors – however, the complicated paperwork, government rules and culture of a corrupt system kept haunting us like a horrifying dream.
WITH ALL THE PAPERWORK IN PLACE AND LAND OFFICIALLY IN KAT’S NAME, we have already institutionalized KAT Centre in Kathmandu by 50%, for the rest, we have nobody to ask but the animal loving community around the world like you.
We are planning to move from the current place to our own land in less than 3 months. Please take some time to go through this detailed update and a bit more appeal for help.
Budhanilkantha is one of the fastest growing human settlement in the north of Kathmandu Valley – as people are opting to stay away from the over-crowded city centre. Our new land lies with plenty of community forest bordering our land – that can be utilized cheaply – say, if we ever feel a need to expand even more in the future. The presence of famous Budhanilkantha Temple and Shivapuri National Park has made our location preferable among both local and international volunteers. Browse through the volunteer Gallery.
We want to build a well-equipped and well-managed animal facility – along with the current need of a small office, volunteer house, and meeting/training space for staff/volunteers to learn skills and go out and help in our “Public Awareness” Outreach Campaigns. Our aim will be to institutionalize Animal Welfare in Policy Level with the help of young minds that are capable of making a change with adequate trainings. We are already having reasonable number of local young volunteers helping out at the centre – along with international vet and non-vet volunteers that come to help in our daily work. The complicated rules of Nepal government and some personal conflicts of interest landed KAT into a turmoil that required a lot of effort from the animal loving community, KAT Centre’s loyal staff, volunteers, members and of course our precious supporters worldwide. WE ARE THANKFUL TO YOU for supporting our work. KAT IS GOING TO BE INSTITUTIONALIZED. WE ARE NEARLY THERE!! We need your help at this vital time.
Map of the new site(may not be to scale).
Just for you, we have compiled an album full of pictures, from the construction site. After watching the pictures, you will realize that we have actually just started building the kennels – even though we have been writing to you since some time about construction. This was because of the rainy season, and the sloppy terrain of the land – that demanded for strong retaining walls, several leveling and waiting for the rain to stop. We are recycling everything from the current space, from bricks to iron, metals, cages and so on. However, we still need to complete finishing the middle wall by about 15 ft high so that it can give a new space within the terrain – where we can keep cats and puppies away from the big dogs. We need to build several walls and layers in the land, along with clean cemented floor for hygiene reasons – or stone tiles like the current place – whichever is cheaper and more reliable. Lots of stones and concrete has been used in the foundations, especially on the lower side of the hill, in order to support the whole piece of land (Nepal is earthquake-prone country). Drainage work is still remaining, as we need to build an efficient channel to pass both animal excretion as well as natural rain.
For support, we have approached several organizations for help and one of them has actually given positive response. But we can’t wait for funds to arrive as we already have volunteers coming in to help. We are currently paying (USD 1,500) per month as rent at the current facility – and we have to pay it as long as we stay here – which is our number one worry as we are running out of funds. We need immediate help. We have been responsible animal treatment facility in Nepal – and we are approaching both the local and international allies for help. We need to build this facility properly to institutionalize KAT Centre in Kathmandu – without which helping animals is almost impossible in future.
This December we participated in the first international conference held in Kathmandu – Asia for Animals. It was supportive to learn that animal welfare is a global issue and there is a need for the change of human heart for kindness - all over the world. You can browse through the pictures here. Many Delegates visited KAT Centre and met with our animals and staff and appreciated us for our work.
Did you like what I wrote? Donate a bit or share this with your animal loving friends if you would like to see our fundraiser boosted to reach more people. Thank you.
Please accept the best wishes of Christmas from KAT Centre and its doggies, and people (and cats) to you and your family.
Coordinator of Communications
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