Krishna Devkota has been a practicing lawyer at the Supreme Court Bar Association of Nepal since 1988. Since then he has continued to serve as legal advisor for many prestigious NGO's and institutions. He has advised HART since 2010. He lives with his family in Kathmandu.
Russell Lyon is a vet and author who has travelled the world during his long career. He is based in Norfolk. He first volunteered to assist HART in 2012 and has continued to offer expert advice ever since.
Ramesh Bhattachan is retired from the British army and is one of the key figures in the development of long distance running events in Nepal. He is also a keen competetive badminton player. He has been involved with HART since it set up in Pokhara in 2010.
Hit Bahadur KC comes from Bharatpur and, although retired as an auto-rickshaw driver, he remains an active member of the Transport Association.He has been involved with animal rescues since before HART set up in Bharatpur. He assists HART voluntarily and is always vigilant for animals in need of rescue.
Khageshwaar Sharma has been involved in animal welfare work for most of his career where his focus has been on dog population management and rabies control. He has been instrumental in persuading many municipalities to end the culling of street dogs and intoduce surgical sterilisation. He and his family are based in Pokhara from where he oversees HART's country-wide satellite neutering programmes.
Tilak Shrestha has been a board member of HART since it was established. He is General Manager of the Hope Centre in Kathmandu where he has overseen the welfare and education of many hundreds of disadvantaged children. He holds a master degreee in Buddhism and Peace studies and a further degree in Counseling Psychology.
Sarmila Paneru is a journalist who started her career with Banker magazine and she continues to study the profession. She lives in Kathmandu where, for over a decade, she has worked to ensure the effective administration of HART. She says that it is a great pleasure to be part of the Board and improve the lives of helpless poor animals in Nepal.
Meet the staff
Chandra Rai - Manager, has also been at HART since its beginning. He has many years experience of animal welfare and is based at HART's Bharatpur clinic. He is additionally HART's administrator and accountant.
Dr Sonia Gurung, BVSc & AH - Veterinarian, a resident of Pokhara valley, graduated in 2018 from Agricultural and Forestry University (AFU). She is currently pursuing her master's degree in veterinary science microbiology. Before joining HART, Dr Gurung worked as a veterinary instructor for students of Diploma in Animal Science.
Dr Suditi Paneru, BVSc & AH - Veterinarian, graduated from HiCast in 2019 and currently pursuing masters in veterinary parasitology in IAAS, TU. She hails from Kathmandu and has volunteered in several animal organizations. An adventurer at heart, Dr Paneru has a deep interest in the surgical wing of the veterinary practice.
Dr Himanshu Pokhrel, BVSc & AH - Veterinarian, comes from Arghakhanchi district. He graduated from Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) and has worked with several organisations working for street animals. He is pursuing a Master's in Animal Science "Livestock production and management" at AFU.
Dr Manoj Poudel, BVSc & AH - Veterinarian, a resident of Pokhara valley, graduated from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Paklihawa, in 2021. A regular volunteer at HART, he has particular interest in the surgical branch of veterinary medicine.
Anjani Gurung - Communications Officer. She is a Microbiology student with a deep interest in zoonotic diseases. We met Anjani while rescuing an injured calf. She is an avid animal lover and was keen to take up the position of a Communications Officer.
Saroj Jirel - Technician, is a qualified vet technician. He completed his JTA qualification in 2013 at the CTEVT in Jiri, Dolakha district. He had assisted during HART satellite neutering programme in Dolakaha. We took him on board considering his skills and interest to join HART to continue and develop his career working with small animals.
Ramesh Bhattarai - Technician & Driver, comes from the far western region of Nepal. Previously he had worked with us for a year during 2010-11. He had been working for the Kennel Club in Kathmandu and has now returned with driving skills.
Bijay Shankar Chaudhary - Technician, hails from Saptari district. He has completed a 3-year Diploma in Veterinary Science under CTEVT 2022 after completing 29 months of the JTA course. He initially worked with large animals but his interest in small animals brought him to HART.
Prakash Chaudhary - Dog Handler & Driver, comes from the far western region of Nepal. Previously he had worked with us for a year during 2010-11. Before rejoining HART, he had been working for the Kennel Club in Kathmandu and has now returned with driving and dog training skills.
Hiralal Shrestha - Dog Handler, comes from a village in Tanahu District. He is skilled animal handler and has great experience in catching dogs either with hands or catching nets. He has become an expert handler and assists the team during surgery and other programs.
Buddhi Rasaili - Dog Handler & Driver, comes from the Myagdi district. Initially, he was temporarily hired as a driver during HART's satellite neutering camps. Observing his gentle touch with animals and his keen interest to join HART, we have now employed him at our Pokhara base where he assists with day-to-day HART activities.
Kesar Singh Thapa- Dog Handler, comes from Syangja. He is silent but hard-working and is ready to take up on any work assigned to him. We discovered his affection and love for animals when he took a stand for a dog, who was being abused by her owner during a camp. Kesar talked to the man and convinced him to be more gentle towards his pet.
Rabin Thapa Magar - Driver, hails from the Gorkha district but has been a resident of Bharatpur for a long time. He is quiet and shy but very hard working. Before joining HART, Rabin was a professional driver with a decade of experience in the field. He is quickly learning dog behaviour and handling techniques.
Kush Thakuri - Dog Handler, had witnessed HART's work in Bharatpur. As HART needed a skilful animal handler, Kush was very keen on joining the team. A quick learner, brave and hard-working, Kush is very fond of dogs and exceptionally good with them. However, his skills are not just limited to animals, Kush is a gifted artist as well.
Krishna Chaudhary - Caregiver, comes from Bardiya and initially joined HART as a part-time carer. As the work has increased, Krishna now works full-time and takes care of all the daily basic needs of the animals that come into the clinic, whether for surgery or treatment. She also takes care of the clinic while the team is out at the satellite camps.