The city is home to some 20,000 strays. They roam the streets, they beg for food, they howl and fight at night and they often need medical help.
The phone calls start in early morning. They are strikingly similar.
“There is an injured dog on the street. Can you take care of it?”
Ram Nagarkoti, the 31-year-old ambulance driver at the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre (KAT Centre), often spends his days zigzagging through traffic, waving at police officers as he edges across chaotic intersections and squeezing into labyrinthian alleyways to find his patient — one of 20,000 stray dogs in Nepal’s capital.
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When A Stray Dog’s In Trouble, Katmandu’s Canine Rescuers Jump To It