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With many dogs requiring help in Kathmandu as people abandon their pets to return to their villages in the advent of covid-19, Community Dog Welfare Kopan’s (CDWK) first Medical Contingency Fund has been exhausted and many dogs in the CDWK Centre require sponsors to cover their routine care. Therefore, it is now past time to raise additional funds for the sterilization, medical treatment and ongoing care of the street dogs assisted by CDWK- a not-for-profit organization that cares for abandoned, sick and injured street dogs on the outskirts of Kathmandu mainly in the area near Kopan Monastery.

Up to Now

During 2019 and 2020, the first Medical Contingency Fund raised $21,420 AUD ($20,508 after Gofundme) to treat 161 street dogs. All the available money has now been spent plus an additional $3,534 (a total of $24,442) on veterinary treatment for medical conditions, sterilizations, and medical supplies for in-house treatments.

The Fund covered the sterilization of 47 dogs- 37 females and 10 males from the CDWK Centre and the local community. Also 118 dogs received medical treatment under the Fund – 12 dogs received chemotherapy for Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumour (CTVT); 8 dogs were treated for demodectic or sarcoptic mange; 48 dogs were treated for injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents or human abuse; and 50 dogs were treated for a range of other conditions (infections, under-nutrition, anaemia, spondylitis, organ failure, poisoning andother). Please see the full accountability on the closing post of the previous Gofundme campaign- https://www.gofundme.com/f/medical-fund-for-vulnerable-street-dogs-in-nepal.

We have been struggling to keep up with the high numbers of street dogs requiring medical care, especially during covid waves and restrictions, so we have not had time to create another campaign to raise much needed funds. During the first 6 months of 2021, we rescued 40 dogs, 38 in need of veterinary care and spent $4,545 AUD ($955 from donations and $3,590 from our personal savings) to treat these street dogs - two female dogs were sterilized, and we treated one case of CTVT, three with severe mange, 6 with bad injuries, 4 other external conditions, and 24 with other internal conditions- unfortunately including a number with vaccinatable diseases such as rabies, parvo virus and distemper.

NEW Medical Contingency Fund

Now, with the coffers empty, Kate and Doug Clendon, an elderly New Zealand couple who run CDWK and who have dedicated the past 15 years of their lives to caring for Nepali street dogs, are urgently seeking to raise $20,000 AUD for a new Medical Contingency Fund, which will be used for the sterilization and medical treatment of rescued dogs over the next two years. This new Gofundme campaign will help dogs needing urgent and ongoing medical treatment, such as:

Amkha and cute little Snowy, who are currently undergoing chemotherapy for an aggressive eye tumours.

• Senior crippled dog, Chune, who has recently developed CTVT requiring ongoing chemotherapy.

Binit, an abandoned breed dog, who requires quite a bit of ongoing care for an auto-immune skin disorder and who is wheelchair-bound due to severe spondylitis and an amputated hind leg.

Since covid, there has been an increasing number of owned dogs abandoned in Kathmandu as people leave the city to return to their villages. Most of these dogs are unable to survive on the streets - they are attacked and injured by other dogs or starve, like Subash and Jigme, two lovely dogs rescued and currently residing in our Centre. There are just so many dogs in need in Kathmandu city right now, and very few animal welfare organizations that still seem to be operating. Thankfully, kind-hearted Nepali community groups and individuals assist by trying to feed as many street dogs as possible during this difficult time.

Sponsorship for Routine Care

For CDWK, although, we have restricted our work to the most serious cases in our own local Kopan area and we do try to return recovered dogs to the street if we know the community will care for them, we have had to take 66 newly rescued dogs into our Centre in the past 2.5 years, bringing the total of permanent residents to 128 dogs. The costs to CDWK of providing for food, shelter and basic health care for these dogs is more than $3,000 per month- that is $38,000 per year (this does not include the routine care of dogs who come into the Centre temporarily for treatment or recovery, nor the cost of sterilizations and medical treatment that we pay for from the Medical Contingency Fund!)

CDWK relies on the help of sponsors to enable us to cover the costs of routine care for the dogs in the CDWK Centre. Remarkably, 61 of the resident dogs are already sponsored by kind people scattered all around the world- although quite a few sponsors have withdrawn during covid for financial reasons. Sponsors pay $20USD per month ($25 AUD / NZD) to cover the costs of two nutritious meals per day, shelter, and routine deworming, defleaing and vaccinations for their sponsored dog.

Unfortunately, less than 50% of the dogs in our care at the Centre are currently sponsored. We have an additional 67 dogs requiring sponsorship as soon as possible. If you can, please assist us to continue our current high level of care by sponsoring one of the beautiful dogs in the CDWK Centre. Dogs like:

Subash and Jigme- lovely, previously owned dogs who, abandoned in our local area, were unable to fend for themselves on the streets – Jigme was found undernourished, disoriented and suffering from mange; and Subash was found lost and sad, suffering from the trauma of recent wounds and cherry eye (prolapsed tear gland) that required surgery.

Tikaram, the hairless boy we found on the streets, who after prolonged treatment with ivermectin, has become a big, fluffy, handsome boy with a gentle nature. .

Bubbly, an elderly lady who was first treated for tumours on her legs, then returned to the community only to be brought in again with CTVT, which was successfully treated. When she then collapsed with pyometra, we decided to keep her in the Centre once she recovered, where she is a happy, sociable dog.

Ama, an elderly street dog who required emergency surgery to deliver her pups, and who ended up fostered 10 little day-old puppies abandoned in a nearby field. She has become a symbol of generosity here at the Centre.

You might also consider helping some of the long-term dogs in the Centre who still have no sponsor, or have recently lost their sponsors- Milly, Cashew, Bachi, Ginger, Drolma, Hagigo, Big Boy, Lekshey, Oli, Hijau or Sonam, too. You can see all the photos and stories of dogs needing sponsorship on the “Sponsorship” page of our website at https://communitydogwelfarekopan.org/our-dogs/sponsorships/ .

Once you have selected a dog for sponsorship, please contact us on [email redacted] so that we can allocate your selected dog and set up your regular sponsorship payments. We cannot set up sponsorship through the Gofundme campaign, which is for donations to the Medical Contingency Fund for sterilizations and the treatment of medical conditions.

Stay in touch ....... we invite you to LIKE and FOLLOW CDWK’S Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/communitydogwelfarekopan/ .

And please SHARE this campaign with ALL your family and friends.

Thank you.

Kate, Doug, Ramesh, Furba, Saroj, Nyoman and Kushal- the Team at CDWK

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