Community Dog Welfare Kopan (CDWK) is a small organization in Paiyutar, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, run by a dedicated New Zealand couple, Kate and Doug Clendon. CDWK provides treatment, care and shelter for abused, neglected, sick and injured homeless dogs, as well as organizing education and treatment programs in local communities.
Although CDWK try to return recovered dogs to the community from where they came, this is sometimes not possible for a variety of reasons. There are currently more than 70 rescued dogs in long-term care at the CDWK centre, the majority of whose ongoing routine food and shelter requirements are funded by committed sponsors.
Incredibly, despite the dire conditions in which many dogs are found, the majority survive the immediate care and treatment provided by Kate, Doug and the CDWK team, and their vets at the Animal Medical Centre and Kathmandu Veterinary Clinic.
However, the cost of this medical treatment for such homeless dogs in the community, as well as for newly rescued dogs and emergency conditions for longer term shelter dogs, is now a major expense for the CDWK centre - an expense that is currently largely borne personally by Kate and Doug.
A significant sum is expended on the treatment of Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumour (CTVT), which is an aggressive, highly contagious form of cancer that is prevalent in the street dog population of Kathmandu. CDWK has a good success rate in the recovery of dogs with these venereal tumours - some dogs being taken into the centre for treatment while others are treated within the community. However, the ability to treat all dogs with this condition is limited by the costs - as an example, in the six months to July 2018, five female dogs were treated for CTVT at a total cost to Kate and Doug of $850 USD.
CDWK are increasingly being asked by community members to care for sick, mostly homeless dogs, as inpatients until they recover. As an example, in an average month in the last half of 2018, seven inpatient dogs were in care in the new facilities with conditions such as tumours, severe mange, wounds, fever, maggot wounds, and malnutrition. The cost born by CDWK for these "emergency cases" for just one month is around $300 USD.
Sterilization is a priority for CDWK in order to reduce the number of unwanted puppies, and therefore the suffering of abandoned and abused dogs. All dogs rescued by CDWK are spayed or neutered as soon as they regain their health. In addition, CDWK spays homeless female dogs living on the streets in the local community. In 2018, 15 males and 20 females were sterilized, at a cost to CDWK of over $700 USD.
With these figures, the projected costs to CDWK for medical treatment over the 2019 year could be as high as $6,000 USD (over $8,000 AUD).
With a significant boost to donations following the issue of the Boho Beautiful video on YouTube, we have decided to increase the target to AU$16,000 to provide the funding for 2020 as well. By the end of May 2019, we had already spend over AU$4,000.
Therefore, this campaign is designed to raise money to cover these anticipated medical costs. With the funds raised, a Medical Contingency Fund will be set up so that CDWK has money readily available to meet the costs of the following:
• Rescuing vulnerable dogs (neglected, malnourished, injured, abused, and sick) from Kathmandu streets, where there are no local people able to participate in their recovery within the community;
• Initial, and ongoing, veterinarian costs for checking, diagnosing and treating newly rescued dogs and homeless community dogs in need of medical assistance. All such dogs have conditions that require veterinary treatment, such as malnutrition, anaemia from blood parasites, tumours, intestinal and uterine infections, mange and other skin diseases, road accident injuries, and wounds from deliberate abuse;
• In-patient care of sick dogs at the CDWK centre;
• Treatment, primarily chemotherapy, of community dogs with CTVT;
• Emergency medical treatment that may be required for longer term dogs in shelter care.
• Sterilization of rescued dogs and community dogs.