ABOUT

We protect the health of people, animals, and the environment in Nepal's Himalaya. 

HIMALAYAN MUTT PROJECT

What we do and why we do it

Left unmanaged, dogs become a danger to people and wildlife. Dogs in Nepal are vectors of rabies, a life-threatening disease to humans, domestic animals and wildlife. Free-roaming dogs attack and kill endangered wildlife like musk deer and red panda. For every snow leopard in Nepal's Himalaya, there are dozens of dogs. This makes dogs the most numerous carnivore.

 

We bring free neutering and vaccination opportunities to villages in Nepal, so that locals no longer have to resort to inhumane methods of culling, such as drowning or the use of poisons. Culling with poisons kills native vultures when the birds consume the carcasses of poisoned dogs. Animal Birth Control and Anti-Rabies Vaccination Programmes are WHO recommended programmes  for effective control of dogs and rabies transmission to humans. 

WHEN DOGS ARE LEFT UNMANAGED...

Dogs in unmanaged populations often get into fights. Without veterinary care, they die slowly from infected wounds.
Dogs kill red panda when they attack or spread the distemper virus, which is fatal in red pandas.
Dogs frequently attack and kill musk deer - a small, solitary, elusive, and endangered mammal.
When dogs attack livestock, shepherds are compelled to "manage" dogs by killing them with poison.
Vultures are killed when they consume the carcasses of poisoned dogs discarded in the landscape.
Dogs are an important part of Himalayan communities. Dogs cannot be eradicated, but they can be managed.
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OUR SOLUTIONS

For today and into the future

Neuter and vaccinate
Neutering and anti-rabies vaccinations have an immediate and long-term effect on reducing birth rates and controlling disease transmission. It is critical for free-roaming dogs to receive vaccination boosters annually as their risk of encountering a rabid animal is high. This makes it necessary for us to maintain our effort in the Himalaya.
Build capacity
We bring urban vets from within Nepal into high mountain regions for an opportunity to respond to challenges beyond urban settings. HMP remains the first and only organisation to routinely neuter and vaccinate dogs in Nepal's high Himalaya. Local vets take these skills and knowledge to further reaches of Nepal, when share their experience with other communities.
Educate
We educate communities about how to safely interact with dogs and recognise symptoms of disease. Through sharing our knowledge and providing resources, we empower communities to play a more proactive role in protecting the health and welfare of people and wildlife, today and into the future.
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OUR PARTNER

Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART) is a registered NGO operating in Pokhara. HART helps street dogs and aims to eradicate rabies from the areas they operate in. Despite maintaining a lean organisation with less than 10 staff based in Pokhara, HART programmes have massive reach throughout Nepal, and focus on encouraging alternatives to the use of readily-available poisons in managing street dog populations, such as sterilisation, mass anti-rabies vaccination camps and community awareness campaigns.

MEET THE TEAM

Debby Ng

Founder &

Scientific Director

Debby is a photojournalist, ecologist, educator and National Geographic Explorer. She guides HMP's science-based organisational strategy, and coordinates local and global efforts to facilitate the work that makes HMP tick. Her roles include engaging government agencies, academics, and sponsors and supporters. Debby has worked in animal welfare since 1992. She is a Duke University Global Fellow in Conservation Biology and read Wildlife Disease Ecology at Colorado State University.

Mukhiya Gotame

Founder &

Community Development

Community leader, naturalist and voice of the Himalaya. Mukhiya is the blood of the Himalayan Mutt Project, and carries the monumental responsibility of motivating and educating Himalayan communities, and their leaders, about the importance of managing the health of dogs for the benefit of people, wildlife, and the environment. If Debby is the spark of this project, Mukhiya is certainly its fire.  

Ajay Narsingh Rana

Oureach & Communications

Education is about creative and effective communication. A single idea is constantly rephrased so that everyone from kids, business owners and even policy makers, end up on the same page. Ajay's role is to enable stakeholders to realise the goals and vision put forward by HMP, based on what their communities have asked for and need. Ajay facilitates communication between local and international journalists, academics and volunteers to raise awareness about our work.

Dr Tharm Sook Keng

Veterinary Advisor

Dr Tharm spent 15 years in small animal practice after graduating from Murdoch University in 2003. After spending some time in private practices and a few volunteer stints overseas, she set up Island Veterinary Clinic in Singapore with partners in 2011. She enjoys doing surgery and fieldwork, and joined HMP's neuter programme in 2018. She would like to continue similar work in the future, perhaps with her trusty but very spirited dog by her side.

OUR PARTNER

Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART) is a registered NGO operating in Pokhara. HART helps street dogs and aims to eradicate rabies from the areas they operate in. Despite maintaining a lean organisation with less than 10 staff based in Pokhara, HART programmes have massive reach throughout Nepal, and focus on encouraging alternatives to the use of readily-available poisons in managing street dog populations, such as sterilisation, mass anti-rabies vaccination camps and community awareness campaigns. Partnerships help us tap on existing skills and equipment that is required to get this work done. Through sharing resources, we save on huge costs that can otherwise be directed towards the massive costs of transporting a team into the rugged Himalaya.

OUR SUPPORTERS

Potato Productions is a Singapore-based, Asia-focused, and internationally-active group of enterprises that are collectively dedicated to technological innovation, dynamic creativity, and the effecting of real and positive change.
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INDIVIDUALS 

Aaron Low

Abby Ng

Adelyn Chan

Adriana G.D.

Ahmad Rafiuddin

Ai Wei Lua

Ailin Mao

Airani

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Ale Cere

Alexandra Kilian

Alice Tan

Allan Chong

Alvin Wong

Am

Amanda Tan

Amnesty Avalon Group

Amy Teo

Ang Xin Hui

Audrey Lee

Barbara Yam

Bee Cheng

Betsy Mueller

BGO Ecoshop

Bhala Rai

Brad

Candice Chiew

Carleen Chamberlain

Caroline Lim-Chia

Carrie

Cathy Huang

Chan Chee Mun

Chhetey Gurung

Chi Yu Chia

Chia Suat Wei

Chim Chee Kong

Chompten Gurung

Chloe Tan YT

Cindy Tan

Clare Amanda Johnson

Claudia Gonzalez

Courtney Waugh

Cyril Ng

Daniel Demellis

Danielle Rob-Whitehead

David Loh

Dawn Kua

Dawn Toh

Delia Quek

Della Davi

Kate Hutchinson

Katherine Vickery-Howe

Kathryn Thomas

Kathy Xu

Kelvin Chen

Kenneth Gerard Pinto

Kit Mui Loh

Kittisak Poonnotok

"Kltr Kmpf"

Knut Hansen

Kristy Lark

Lai Chiu Yun

Lam Pei Min

Latha Jeyaraj

Laval Foo

Lee San San

Leong Kwok Peng

leslie kok

Lily Woon

Lim Cheng Puay

Louise McNeil

Luke Smoothy

Lydia Low

Lynett Chong

Madeline Ling

Marcus Chua

Margaret Thomas

Marie Ang

Mary Carbone

May Ng

Megan MacNeill

Mei Chiang

Melita Low

Miaw H Goh

Mikel Kew

Ming Kiat Tan

Nadaloou Maqc

Natalie Soh

Nathalee Handy

Ng Lin Yu Lynn

Oh Zhi Wei

Oliver

OriginUC

Paul Cheng

Petrus Sahetapy

Phil Evans

Poon Yuet Foong

Rach Chong

Rachel Middleton

Ray Tan

Rebecca Mutton

Sabrina Tang

Sam Clements

Shankar Gurung

Sarah Rosenberg

Sean Yap

Shannon Heo

Shaun Wee

Shawn Quek

Sheema Abdul Aziz

Shirley Soh

Silvana Tran

Sim Qin Ying

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Simon Rowell

Sivasothi N.

Slyvia Noeding Lyttle

"Stripy"

Sue Bailey

Sunny Sanjay

Susan Poulsen

Susan Stephanie

Sylvia Yong

Tan Geraldine

Tan Hong Jian

Tan Sijie

Tessa Marie Alexandra Yeo

Thanhnhan

Theresa Su

Thio Hui Bing

Uzumakee Narutoo

Vanda Jensen

Vera Lahme

Veronica Lee

Victor Chong

Wagel Gurung

Wendy

Wenman Liu

Wilson Yeo

Wong

Wong Fong Lai

Wong Ley Kun

Wyatt Ang

Xu Wanwei

Xu Weiting

YiYong Yang

Yvonne Chng

Zannah Gubler

Zul Jamil

Dillah Zakbah

"Dronietta seashorensis"

Ed Siew

Edwn Christian

Eileen Chai

Elgene Fong

Erin McCartin

Frank Schaer

Fung Tze Kwan

Glenn Rajoo

Grant Eaton

Grant Stoelwinder

Harvon Goh

He Ruiming

Heather Downing

Hester Jackson-Scott

Hock Wee Tan

Hsu Han Yen

Huiyuan Wong

Irene Tan

Ivan Kwan

James Ong

Jani Tanzil

Jean Loo

Jeff Teo

Jeffrey Low

Jenny McLeish

Jermyn Wee

Jessica Hamilton

Joanna Betteridge

Joanne

Joanne Tan

Jocelyne Sze

Joe Ng

Joe Piecuch

John Cobey

Jose Hong Farn Chun

Joshua

Julia Heng

Julian Wee

Julie McCredden

Julie Rosenberg

Juria Toramae

Justin Lim

Karenne Tun

Kael Alexa Foo

Kai Scene

Kate Carruthers

KC Gurung

SPONSORS

BAR is a small business support service company. We provide business support to the Potato Group of Companies in book-keeping, human resource, administration and office management services. We also offer our services to non-profits and NGOs.

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✉ 284 River Valley Rd #01-01 Singapore 238325

debbyng@himalayanmuttproject.org

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Dogs frequently attack and kill musk deer - a small, solitary, elusive, and endangered mammal.