"Ever since my first trip to Nepal in 2003, the faces of each stray dog I encountered there have stayed in my mind and challenged me to do something on an unprecedented scale to help end their suffering.
"Seeing an injured, sick or dying dog is always a very painful experience, especially when people are beating them, trying to chase them away and the poor animals are too weak to move or even worse, are trying to give birth.
"Over the years, the Nepali people have become a bit immune to the suffering of these poor animals but, in the last 10 years I have witnessed each and every day people calling, e-mailing and contacting Sneha's Care to report an injured or suffering street dog. That makes me hopeful that people in Nepal are taking a keen interest in these dogs and are seeing them as living beings with feelings. This is a subtle but very encouraging start. With the people's help, Sneha's Care can be more effective in treating those animals that need it the most. It makes me proud to see this change."
Taking the dogs back to their home on the street after being sterilized and vaccinated.
Pictured: Hillary Kloetzli
Founder- Sneha's Care
The organization’s name was designed using the name of Mrs. Sneha Shrestha who started helping strays in 2014 after her pet was poisoned by her neighbor. She started her mission to STOP Animal Cruelty in Nepal. To start the mission she came up with a Facebook page to motivate people to love strays & not to hurt them.
Sneha started feeding strays on daily basis, started visiting Animal Shelter & donating to them for their cause. Everything she did was posted on her Facebook page so that others could do the same thing by seeing her posts. One day, while travelling to Dhulikhel, Sneha saw an dog an injured dog in the highway with lot of maggots on his wound. She picked up the dog and took it to the Veterinary clinic in Kathmandu. It was medically treated and taken back to the same place after two weeks. She then realized, she could help also the injured street dogs by herself. It was all about the dedication and love towards the street animals; she started picking up injured dogs and takes them to the veterinary.
Sneha started rescuing many dogs after that first rescue using her own money to pay for their treatment. She started posting every rescue in her Facebook page to motivate people to help needy animals. She started receiving at least 10 to 20 messages every day regarding injured dogs. How can one woman, without a team go everywhere to rescue street animals?. She then thought of forming a team and registered her organization. Sneha’s Care was officially founded in November, 2015.
Her monthly expenses for animal treatment & care is approximately Three to Four Lakhs Nepali currency. On top of that, she has finished building her own Animal Shelter with the cost of fifty two lakhs Nepali Currency. Only 10% of the money needed to run the shelter comes from donors inside & outside the country. 90% of the funding for the care of the animals is covered by Sneha herself. Sneha’s Care is dedicated to rescuing injured dogs, Animal Birth Control (ABC) & Humane Education. Sneha's Care also provides shelter and a forever homes to disabled dogs & pet adoption for those healthy enough to be re-homed. The organization also takes unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray pets and attempts to find suitable homes for them.