Dog Rescue in Nepal- Clinic and shelter medicine placements available!


There are more than 20,000 street dogs in Kathmandu, and over 35,000 in the Kathmandu Valley. In addition to problems associated with overpopulation, these dogs pose a real health threat to the residents of Nepal through rabies transmission and dog bites. In the past there was no alternative to the government`s policy of poisoning dogs and ignoring the critically sick and injured animals. Many people were very concerned about the dogs around their community but until recently, had no way of helping them. Now over 14,000 dogs have been treated in a successful spay, neuter and vaccination program that provides a very important, much needed service to the people and animals of Kathmandu. You too can be part of the solution, by volunteering in this busy shelter and animal hospital in Kathmandu.

Includes: Airport pick up and drop off (at closest airport), Guest house/Lodge Accommodation, Some Meals (lunch at the project is always included, some projects have breakfast and dinner available at their guest house), On-site training, Emergency Support, Donation to Placement Partner, AEI Travel Manual, $10 Credit in our Zazzle store (towards the purchase of recycled water bottles, reusable bags, etc), American and Canadian clients get 50% off at the online AEI IceBreaker store, Carbon credits to offset 3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, Premium Individual Travel Insurance (up to $500, 000 USD in emergency medical coverage), Travel discounts (through automatic membership to a volunteer only travel discount program), 24/7 Travel and emergency assistance. Are you thinking of fundraising for a portion, or all your fees? Many of our clients have been very successful with their fundraising efforts. To learn more about their successful fundraising projects and see how you can fund raise for your experience, please visit our fundraising page!

Excludes: Flights, Entry visa costs, International and domestic airport taxes, Immunizations and medications. Note: The rabies vaccine is only required for this Medical Experience (Standard volunteers do not need the vaccination) however, if volunteers are interested in becoming rabies vaccinated, the average cost is $600- $1000 in North America

 Accommodation: We have two placements available for Animal Experience International volunteers. One placement is in Kathmandu and one is (while still in the Kathmandu Valley) in the city of Bhaktapur. Both placements are quite similar as they are with sister organizations with the same mandate. Are you nervous about travel and your safety? It's okay, travelling and volunteering can be overwhelming, that is why we exist! To help you travel safe, volunteer smartly and get back home in one piece. To read more about how we help you stay safe, please read our Guide to Safety.

In Kathmandu the accommodation is in volunteer housing which is located on site. Your daily commute is going downstairs! Our volunteers live in a guest house with other international volunteers dedicated to dogs and the community in Nepal. While on this project volunteers are responsible for their own breakfasts and dinners. Animal Experience International volunteers will be working in a shelter so we recommend this placement for anyone who loves animals but doesn't necessarily have a background in medicine. 

In Bhaktapur we have volunteers stay in a private room (or shared with one other AEI volunteer) in a lodge located across from a Hindu temple that is hundreds of years old. Bhaktapur is a UNESCO world heritage site and your walk to work is through the streets of a beautiful and historically important community. In Bhaktapur, all meals are provided. While volunteering in Bhaktapur our volunteers will be working in a clinic and a shelter so we recommend this placement for veterinary medicine students.

Veterinarians will need to apply for a certificate from the Nepal Veterinary Council in Kathmandu for permission to volunteer medically with animals. These certificates can only be applied for in person while volunteers are in Kathmandu, volunteers should set aside an extra $300 USD for this certificate. This does not apply to students as they will not be working with animals as lead veterinarians.

 Volunteer Activities: Medical volunteer activities include assessing, diagnosing and treating sick and injured dogs and cats, vaccinating, deworming, administering anesthesia and performing surgical procedures. Standard volunteer activities include helping to socialize the dogs and cats, washing and brushing the dogs at the shelter, cleaning enclosures, feeding the animals, helping with administrative tasks, distributing promotional materials, educating the public on stray dogs and promoting rabies awareness.

This is an ongoing program with operations every day of the year. There are no specific start or end dates. We work with you and your schedule so you can serve this community and help animals when you are available.

Classification of Placement: Medical: Entry, Advanced and Specialized. Standard: Entry, Advanced and Specialized.

All classifications of volunteers are needed by this Placement partner and we encourage you to apply no matter your skill or experience level. However, if you are looking for a Placement to use your specific skills, the professionals who would be most beneficial to this placement would be volunteers with experience in: veterinary medicine, administration, photography, fundraising and design.

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OAVTThis is an official pre-approved OAVT Partnership. All participants are eligible for a minimum of 5 Continuing Education credits.
Trip Cost
length of stay
Price (in canadian dollars)
2 weeks $ 2090
3 weeks $ 2625
4 weeks $ 3160
8 weeks $ 5300
Groups of 5 or more: 10% off individual fees.