Bhaktapur Animal Welfare Society (BAWS) is a professional non-government organization involved in welfare, well-being, safety and protection of animals in Bhaktapur, Nepal and surrounding areas. The organization was established in April 2011 under the Social Organization Registration Act 2034 by a group of young professional veterinary doctors and animal lovers that teamed up with the motive to help the miserable plight of animals in Nepal, particularly the stray dog population. The group initially started with treatment of stray animals on an ad hoc basis in the Suryabinayak, Bhaktapur periphery. The successful treatment of many of those animals motivated the group to form an organization and work in a systematic way.
In the first few days after Nepal's April 25 quake, the doctors at BAWS were occupied around the clock trying to help people and animals in their immediate vicinity. They pulled bodies out of collapsed brick buildings and ferried corpses to the morgue in their vehicles. Many animals suffered broken limps and required amputations as well as hydration and nourishment days and weeks after the disaster. The team at BAWS never gave up.
BAWS is currently involved in other various activities such as Animal Birth Control (ABC) Program, Rescue Treatment and Release (RTR), Mass Anti-Rabies Vaccination Camps (MARV) and also educational support for local awareness.