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Update posted by Kajetan Kubica On Nov 10, 2018

In Nepal, I saw that a shelter for dogs does not have to look like the saddest place in the world. Instead, it can resemble a cheerful dog hotel. At the end of 2017 I had the pleasure to work as a volunteer in Patan near Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. I worked in a shelter that looked completely different than we imagine in Europe. In Europe, we can not imagine that a shelter can be a joyful place full of waving tails.

I would like you to read this article, maybe it will become an inspiration for more humane treatment of animals. Much more humane.

Snehas Care is a small object caring over a hundred dogs, the object was founded, and is maintained by Snehea Shresth and her husband. What distinguishes this place is the fact that all dogs run freely. Despite this, the facility works very well, and helps dogs from around Kathmandu, and the surrounding area. The shelter only accepts dogs whose health threatens their lives. Virtually every dog starts the stay after a treatment.

Sneha Care is located on a leveled hill, most of the area is cemented. In the area there are several buildings, an office, a warehouse and an operating room. The warehouse and operating room are the only rooms closed to dogs, unless they sneak in. The office was also supposed to be closed to dogs, but it did not work out :). The largest building is a dog bedroom, where dogs get separated for the night. Each of the small separate rooms where they sleep is closed. In each of the dog's rooms there is a wooden bed similar to the euro pallets and a blanket, thanks to which the dogs do not freeze from the concrete floor. The beds and the blankets are getin washed every day.

The second room is the quarantine, a building full of cages where new dogs are kept, also those who have problems with adapting to the group. The next two rooms are designed for dogs with skin diseases, and paralyzed dogs. The room for "trolley" dogs has a rubber-lined floor so that dogs do not get hurt when draging their legs. Each of them has a professional wheelchair and is taken out for a walk twice a day. There are 5 people in the shelter, plus a secretary and a vet, that's enough. The dog care is also successfully organizes the adoption of animals to the USA.

Dogs form one tight pack, big, small, old, puppies, purebred and mongrels. There are no dangerous signs of aggression between them. Of course, some dogs do not like each other, and sometimes there are fights during feeding. Over one hundred dogs are fed simultaneously and it works amazingly smoothly. Apart from several dogs, which physical, or mental trauma, the whole group works great. Such a case was a large, dangerous looking dog after a serious injury. The dog walked like a "drunk" because someone beat him on the head with a heavy object. I was warned that the dog is aggressive towards people, but I tried to work with him. After several attempts to bite me that failed because of a damaged brain, we became friends. This is one of my best memories that I brought from Nepal.

During my stay at Sneha Care there was a big sterilization action. The owner of the shelter invited American veterinarians from World Vet, who for three days sterilized over 250 dogs, on several operating tables, and performed more than a dozen more complicated operations. As the only volunteer with appropriate experience, I was delegated to help veterinarians. I was responsible for the transport of dogs between the preparation, operating tables and convalescence.

Sneha Care is a place that gives hope that you can run a shelter for dogs differently. I spent six weeks there, and every day we rescued dogs that usually came to us in a terrible condition. Sneha Care does a good job and it is worth helping them. Sneha and Abi Shrestha keep the shelter out of their own money, but the costs of veterinary medicine in Nepal are very high. Especially medicines for dogs with skin diseases are extremely expensive. You can find account numbers on their website. http://www.snehacare.com/ Over the years I have seen many foundations and I have a lot of reasons to apply the principle of limited trust, but my time spent here has ensured that they are trustworthy people.

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