Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust is registered in Kathmandu as a not-for-profit company, registration number 248/066/067 and as an NGO, registration number 3571/069.

It is based in Pokhara and is engaged in animal welfare work throughout Nepal.


Ms S Gurung

Ms S Paneru

Mr K Sharma

Technical Advisor:

Dr R Lyon

Legal Advisor:

Mr K Devkota

Regional Advisor:

Mr R Bhattachan

UK Advisors and Administration:

Ms B Webb

Mr J Pearson

Himalayan Animal Treatment Centre (UK), HAT(UK), is registered in the UK - number 1115822. This charity acts as the collection and holding point for funds raised outside of Nepal.

About us

HART's Motivation

Nepal is a poor country that has recently undergone an extended period of political instability. Animal welfare is a low priority among many other pressing concerns. HART aims to reduce animal suffering over as wide a geographical range as possible, starting from a base in Pokhara.
Nepal Map
Pokhara was originally a market town, but has grown into a tourist destination over the past twenty years. It is about 200km from Kathmandu and has a population of around 200,000 people.

It's situated near Lake Fewa at the base of the Annapurna range foothills and is the third largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu and Biratnagar.

Pokhara is an ideal location from which to access the rest of Nepal.

HART has established a small clinic and kennels in the town which currently serves the whole community.

Bharatpur is a city in the central-southern part of Nepal, located in the Chitwan district, 126km from Pokhara and close to the popular Chitwan National Park. It is the headquarters of the district as well as a separate Municipal authority, and is the seventh largest city of Nepal with the population of nearly 120,000 (census 2005).

Bharatpur is also one of the fastest growing cities of Nepal, showing a population increase of some 30% during the preceding four years.

HART has built a small facility in the compound of the town's District Livestock Office. Again, this is the only veterinary service for the whole community

Animals in Nepal

There are significant populations of street-dogs in all urban areas of Nepal.

These live short, difficult lives. The local authorities have traditionally controlled the numbers of roaming dogs by the inhumane use of strychnine poison.

HART seeks to humanely reduce the roaming dog populations and to improve their status and their treatment by the communities in which they live.

The cat population appears to be less than the dog population but feral cats are notoriously difficult to count. We would welcome contact from anyone who was interested in making a study of cats in Nepal.

Mules, donkeys and ponies are used as pack animals in some parts of the country and as carriers in the brick kiln factories of the Kathmandu valley. HART supports Animal Nepal and AHTCS who run programmes to alleviate the situation of working equines.

As a Hindu country, cattle are generally revered. However, bull calves and non-productive females are frequently abandoned to a life of scavenging on the streets. HART is closely involved in an initiative with other stakeholders in Pokhara to provide a cow sanctuary, or Gaushala, for the town.