Look at this FACE! Shawn (aka Schwanzles) is a VERY good boy, a very good eater, and is a regular recipient of Street Dog Care’s medical assistance, whether it’s mange, an eye infection, or just a regular ol’ bath (and that was literally just last week). Will you help Shawn pay his medical bills?
How can I help street dogs?
Our aim is to raise money for local dog welfare groups. The one we work most closely with is Street Dog Care, and there are many other remarkable groups in the Kathmandu Valley. Resources dried up quickly for these organizations during the pandemic, and their daily feedings and regular medical care have literally kept these street dogs alive during Nepal’s extended lockdown.
To give you an idea of how far your money goes here in Nepal, here is a list of possible places your donation can do the most good:
- Spaying: $30 USD
- Chemotherapy injections: $15 per shot
- Ten rabies vaccines: $10
- Ten DHLPP vaccines: $20 (for Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvo)
- Sponsor a dog inside Street Dog Care’s dog center: $30 per month ($360 for a whole year)
Street Dog Care’s total food costs run $900 per month and medication bills run as high as $350 per month. This is in addition to all of their rent and utilities, staff salary, transportation costs, and more. Street Dog Care also runs an annual rabies vaccination campaign where they vaccinate 1,000 street dogs in the area each spring.
Receive a blessed wrist mala with every donation of $50 or more!
Want to rock a stylish mala bracelet AND help street dogs at the same time? For every donation of $50 USD or more, we’ll send you a mala bracelet of your choice! (Sorry, we’re only shipping to the U.S.!) And every penny you donate goes to the dogs, the malas are OUR gift to you!
We custom ordered these handmade wrist malas and had them blessed by a local monk at Boudha stupa in Kathmandu when we were there in November. You can choose between lotus seeds or bodhi seeds and each comes in a stylish brocade bag. Both styles are completely adjustable using by sliding the braided part of the cord.
These malas are valued at more than $50 by the big name mala shops online (who are supplied by the very same folks who made these malas for us!) We’re also including free shipping and a lovely brocade bag. 100% of your donation goes toward street dog welfare programs.
Check out the photos below, make your donation using the links above, and then head to Bit.ly/MalasForMutts to tell us which mala you’d like! Please allow 3 business days for your mala to ship (my mother has offered to do it while we are out of the country!)
Watch some of our friends in action below!
Celebrating Kukur Tihar in Nepal
BJ and I were fortunate enough to finally spend the holiday Kukur Tihar in Nepal with our finest fuzzy friends in November 2021!
Kukur Tihar is just one of the five days of Nepal’s Tihar holiday, a Hindu festival very similar to India’s Diwali celebrations. The second day of Tihar is set aside to honor the dog (kukur in Nepali) for their role as the guardians of the gates in the afterlife; everyone wants to get in good with the gatekeepers, right? Pet dogs and lucky street dogs alike are given food, marigold garlands, and adorned with a red tika mark on their foreheads as a sign of respect.
Enjoy some photos and video about our Kukur Tihar celebrations, and then check out the photo album below to see how YOU can help street dogs–and score yourself a fantastic wrist mala in the process!
Meet our gorgeous (and very sensitive) friend Noah. This year we had him sterilized and he recovered in our apartment. You can learn more about Noah in his videos further down this page!