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 street 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 street 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, street dogs, rhesus monkeys, captive elephants, layer hens, livestock, and many other animals. Animal Nepal is also well known for its national campaigns in the areas of working animals, livestock transport and slaughter, elephant abuse, dog poisoning, humane zoo conditions, and urban greenery. AN conducts awareness campaigns among school students and media representatives. AN also has a strong advocacy presence and has worked with the Government of Nepal to improve the lives of working animals through the introduction of the Animal Welfare Directive in 2017.
At Animal Nepal, we strongly believe that widespread animal cruelty can be reduced through awareness-raising and practical interventions and Nepal can ultimately become a model country for animal welfare in the region.
Build a harmonious and empathetic society for all animals.
Animal Nepal’s program areas: