Over 25 000 stray dogs wander the streets of the Kathmandu valley. Most of these dogs live in a miserable state, suffering from disease, malnourishment and ill treatment.
The Street Dog Care Camp was established in February 2009 at Boudha Stupa. Every Saturday the SDC Camp team, consisting of two local veterinarians and volunteers, treats street dogs for skin diseases, infections and injuries. Every dog is de-wormed and vaccinated against rabies. Dogs in serious condition are treated at a veterinary clinic and cared for at the Dog Care Centre until they are fit to go back to the street or to be adopted.
Regular weekly camps are planned to take place simultaneously in several locations to provide care and information on the spot. Since the camps are held in public areas,they have an important role in building community awareness and support. People are encouraged to bring sick and injured street dogs from their neighbourhoods.
In order to care for dogs that are in need of long term treatment, Street Dog Care has set up a permanent Dog Care Centre. The main function of the SDC Dog Care Centre is to provide daily and intensive care for emergency cases, such as car accidents, severe infections and open wounds. The experience of the Street Dog Care Camp has shown that post-operation care is extremely difficult to provide to roaming dogs without a fixed home. The dogs are difficult to find and the healing process can therefore not be supervised and supported properly by the team.
The vision and wish of the SDC team is that in several places all over Kathmandu, regular camps take place every Saturday, in order to provide care and information at the spot. At the same time, the severe cases will be located, checked by the veterinaries and brought to the SDC Centre in Paika.