Lalitpur District is home to at least 40 percent of Kathmandu Valley’s dog population. Although the situation of stray dogs is a lot better than few years back, proper animal support services is still lacking in this area. In the past, stray dogs were exterminated through culling (by poisoning or beating them to death). After a series of meetings and workshops, the councils were receptive to the idea of introducing humane and effective stray dog management policies. In 2014, Animal Nepal signed an MOU with the Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City (LSMC) authorities and committed to reach at least 75% coverage with dogs spayed and neutered in LSMC’s 22 wards.
Animal Nepal also works in Chovar, Bhaisepati, Balkhu, Swayambhu and Kirtipur.
Animal Nepal is also expanding its Humane Dog Management Programme in two major religious places of Nepal:
Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi District of Nepal reknowned as the birth place of Gautama Buddha. Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi Temple and several other monuments, monasteries and museum. Lumbini was given a World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1997. However, despite being one of the most sacred places of the world, the condition of stray dogs is extremely appalling at Lumbini. With no proper animal support groups and organizations, the increasing dog population had led to serious issues for the locals and visitors in the area. Hence, in collaboration with Lumbini Social Service Foundation (LSSF), we recently conducted a 3-days mobile clinic and vaccinated 155 dogs as well as a 4-days CNVR camp where 101 dogs were spayed and another 100 dogs were vaccinated.
Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal located at the heart of Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhu consists of various stupas, shrines, temples, Tibetan monasteries, museum and library. The area attracts many birds and animals, especially monkeys and dogs. Also popularly known as the Monkey temple, it is estimated that Swayambhu area houses more than 100 stray dogs and hundreds of monkeys. In July 2016, we conducted a vaccination camp where we vaccinated more than 200 dogs.
According to a Rapid Survey, 95 dogs roam around the main stupa of Swayambhu. Among them, 52 dogs live inside the temple territory and 43 dogs live outside the temple. As there is a likelihood of having missed some dogs due to factors such as number and timing of visits, a proper survey to determine the actual number of stray dogs will be conducted in the near future.