Animal NepalHistory


Animal Nepal,a reputed animal welfare organization, known for its tireless advocacy work and hands on programmes, aims to a true Voice for the Voiceless.

We conduct three outreach programmes focusing on stray and community dogs; working equines; and working elephants. We also manage two rehabilitation centers cum sanctuaries: Chobar Animal Treatment Center in Chobar village and the Donkey Sanctuary based in Badhikhel village.
A Mobile Response Team (MRT) is in place for an effective response to sick and injured dogs.. The organization also operates an ambulance service for rescuing dogs and providing mobile treatments.
Animal Nepal employs over 20staff members, including three vetsThe management consists of an all female board of animal lovers, headed by Pramada Shah, while the day to day management is headed by Executive Director Uttam Kafle.

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.



Established Year
Animal Nepal was established as a non-profit company in 2004 by Dutch journalist and long term resident Lucia de Vries together with friends Jessy and Maria Rai, Roselle Prisno and Jiggy Gaton.



Seeing the dire condition of dogs in Lalitpur and recognizing the cruel methods (culling and poisoning) being utilized for their population management, AN in 2008 initiated a Community Based Stray Dog Rescue & Release Programme called Humane Dog Management Programme.

The main objective of the programme is to create a healthy, reduced stray dog population in Kathmandu Valley through Animal Birth Control (ABC), Community-based education, Mobile Outreach treatments and Rehabilitation care.


Official GOVT. Registration
After teaming up with social activist and animal lover Pramada Shah, the organisation spread its wings and Animal Nepal was registered as an NGO in 2009.


Working Equine Outreach Programme Established
Shocked by the condition of equines in brick factories, AN expanded its programme to include Working Equine.

In 2010, A Working Equine Outreach Programme was established in Lalitpur with the support of The Donkey Sanctuary UK.


Outreach Programme Extended to Nepalgunj
In 2012, the outreach programme was extended to Nepalgunj- Nepal’s main equine bazaar, to address the root causes of the abuse and make a lasting change in the lives of Nepal’s working equines and their owners.


Collaboration & Initiation of Working Elephant Outreach Programme
The collaborative efforts of Pramada and Lucia took the organisation to greater heights.

Lucia stepped down as volunteer director in 2014 and Pramada continues to lead Animal Nepal with a supportive board and professional team.

Touched by the living and working conditions of the 200 domesticated elephants employed in anti-poaching units and safari tourism, AN initiated a Working Elephant Outreach Programme in 2014. Under the programme, AN conducts research and works directly with owners to create examples of good practices, such as chain free corrals and ethical elephant tourism activities.


Expansion of Outreach Programme
In 2016, AN further expanded its outreach programme toinclude equines working in brick factoriesin Dhading, Kavre and mountain mules Gorkha districts.


Animal Nepal is also well known for its national campaigns in the areas of working animals, livestock transport and slaughter, elephant abuse and dog poisoning.

AN is also known for its successful cooperation with the Government of Nepal, including the Department of Livestock and various munipalities, to advocate for and create legislation for animals and to jointly conduct humane dog management programmes. AN further organises awareness campaigns among school students and media representatives.