Our history dates back to 2004, when Dutch journalist and long term resident of Nepal, Lucia De Vries together with friends Jessy, Maria, Roselle and Jiggy opened a café and an outlet for pet supplies in Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur. The income from the business was used to provide treatment for sick and injured stray dogs in the area. The company also carried out public awareness campaigns on animal welfare as well as organizing an annual spay/neuter camp for stray dogs. In 2008, Pramada Shah, a social activist and animal lover met Lucia and both recognized that Animal Nepal could do so much more for the well being of animals as an NGO. Therefore, in 2009, Pramada registered Animal Nepal as an NGO and has since overseen the organization as its President. Since 2009, Animal Nepal has launched programs and staged interventions to help working equines, stray dogs, rhesus monkeys, elephants, layer hens, livestock and many other animals.
Animal Nepal has led and become part of several campaigns which has highlighted gross abuse of animals such as religious sacrifice of animals, plight of stray cows, elephant abuse, mass poisoning of stray dogs, etc. Through our work, we have been successful in achieving many positive and meaningful changes for animal welfare. However, there is much more to do and with the help of our partners and supporters, Animal Nepal will relentlessly work towards our goal of ending the suffering of all animals and continue to be the voice for the voiceless.
Animal Nepal has a strong focus on raising awareness because we believe that the responsibility in ending the suffering of animals lies with the community. We aspire to help create a world where individuals and communities do not need or want to seek help from animal welfare organizations, but are themselves able and willing to ensure the welfare of animals.