With uncontrolled breeding of both pets and street dogs, large litters of puppies (up to 9-10 at a time) are frequently found hidden along the road, in construction sites and alleyways. Some have been abandoned there, while others are simply where the mother calls home.
Already malnourished, the effort of childbirth and the need to feed many hungry mouths places a great deal of strain on the mother, as her energy and strength is transferred to her babies. Most pups do not survive due to the presence of diseases and parasites which their immune systems simply cannot fight off.
The ones that do survive have an uncertain future and face a number of key threats:
Lack of food and the need to fight other dogs for scanty resources. Food given by well meaning passers by often takes the form of biscuits and rice which do little to boost their strength.
Perpetual outbreaks of disease such as rabies, canine distemper, canine parvovirus, transmissible venereal tumours, and so on.
Dangers from cars, bikes and trucks and the masses of traffic flowing through Kathmandu.
Acts of cruelty at the hand of humans – many people fear and detest the street dogs and throw stones or pour hot water on them to make them go away.
All of these factors lead to large numbers of street dogs being in a pitiable condition.
Life is hard and while a few find loving companions in their community who look out for their interests, many are forgotten.
Our organisation was founded to ensure that no animal’s needs are ever forgotten.