March 20 – Pharping CNVR camp a big hit

How would you feel if your living room was turned into an operation theater in the day, and an intensive care unit for over twenty dogs at night?

Probably very upset, but that is what business enterpreneur Norbu Kalden from Pharping agreed to when teaming up with Animal Nepal to conduct a Catch Neuter Vaccinate and Release (CNVR) camp in his village.

With the help of Trinba Cafe and local clubs, we first mobilised the community through leafletting and mobile camps. Volunteer Jiggy Gaton moved the hearts of those who joined a local talk programme about the project.

In total 52 dogs were spayed and vaccinated and many more treated. The dogs were kept only for one night, and checked upon after release.

CNVR camps are an effective and humane way to solve stray dog problems in a country like Nepal.They can replace poisoning campaigns by local governments.

Animal Nepal encourages communities across the country to organise CNVR camps, and create villages where people and canines can coexist in peace.

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March 13 – First equine trimming training receives positive responses

Animal Nepal, in order to build equine trimming and farrier capacity in Nepal, presently organises various trainings with UK farrier Dominic McMahn and Donkey Sanctuary’s Veterinary Coordinator Dr Ramesh Kumar from India.  The first training drew 14 participants, who got excited about their new skills.

In the absence of professional farriers, Nepal’s equines (horses, mules and donkeys) tend to suffer from various leg and hoof problems, resulting in infections, deformities and lameness. Animal Nepal wants to create a group of professionals who are ready to share their skills and knowledge.

The Equine Trimming and Hoof Management Training is a one week hands one workshop for veterinarians, vet assistants as well as equine owners and handlers.

The trainings, conducted by overseas and Nepalese experts, offer a unique opportunity for interested participants to learn essential hoof cutting skills.

Participants receive a certificate after passing a practical exam. They will be enabled to buy a farrier set at a discounted rate.


February 17 – Ricky suffers from rickets

Ever seen a mule suffering from rickets? Due to nutrititonal deficiency, Ricky, a mule working in one of Lalitpur’s brick factories, suffers from a painful condition in which his front legs are bended. Despite his condition, Ricky still has to haul bricks from early morning till late afternoon.

Yesterday we rescued Ricky. He is a feisty equine, who -for now- does not like to be touched.  It’s a good thing that Ricky is already warming up to Buddy, a recently rescued horse, who suffers from lameness. The two can usually be seen nuzzling each other.

Welcome to our donkey sanctuary Ricky!

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