Dutch animal lover walks the talk

A chance meeting with a sick puppy in Nepal gave a new direction to the life of Dutch tourist Dorien van Gameren. It motivated her to join the famous Vierdaagse (Four Days Marches) this July, during which she will be sponsored to walk 40 km during 4 days in a row.

While sightseeing in Bhaktapur in February, a malnourished puppy stumbled towards her, as if it needed help. “The puppy was skin and bones, could hardly walk and yelped from pain. I quickly bought some meat but the dog was too weak to eat. While lying down, it could only drink a bit of water,” says Dorien.

Dorien spend 1,5 hour with the puppy but realised there was little she could do. “The puppy suffered from parvo, a highly contagious disease which annually takes the lives of countless Nepalese puppies,” Dorien recounts. Once she returned home, the Buddhist dharma student felt guilty and upset. “The dog could not have been saved but at least have been euthanised so it did not have to suffer long,” she says.

Dorien contacted Nepalese animal welfare organisation and got in touch with fellow Dutch Lucia dee Vries, Volunteer Director at Animal Nepal. At Animal Nepal we vaccinate, sterilise and treat around 1800 dogs per year. Our aim is to create a happy and healthy dog population, which no longers suffers from disease such as parvo.

Animal Nepal wants to thank Dorien for Walking the Talk.  Dorien can be contacted through Facebook, see http://www.facebook.com/dorien.vangameren

Books for a cause @ Chai Chai Cafe

Chai Chai Cafe in Jhamal, Pulchowk, recently opened a small second hand book shop inside its premises to benefit Animal Nepal. Cafe owners Sailesh Bhatta and Shizuyo Shimmei are artists and animal lovers, and long standing supporters of Animal Nepal.

The small book shop is the first venue to buy second hand books in Patan. Animal Nepal is delighted with the initiative and requests you to visit the bookshop. You are allowed to read the books over an excellent cup of capuchino. Consider buying a book to enjoy a good read and benefit the animals in our care. Do you have unwanted books? Make sure you hand them over to Chai Chai or leave them at our office in Ekantakuna.

Harisiddi dog camp a success despite political problems

[slideshow]Harisiddi, May 19, 2012 – A community educated about humane dog management. 58 female dogs spayed and vaccinated. Ten dogs treated for skin problems. Two dogs suffering from cancer rescued. Those were some of the positive outcomes of a CNVR-M (Catch Neuter Vaccinate Release & Monitor) camp organised by Animal Nepal and Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART) with the support of Street Dogs of Nepal (SDON).

The camp was organised under very difficult circumstances. Due to political strikes, preparations for the camp were hampered. A hail storm flooded the compound and almost blew away the tent which was used for preoperative check ups. However, once the logistic problems were solved, the teams were ready to roll.

Harisiddi, a Newar village on the way to Godavari, suffers from serious dog problems. Apart from overpopulation, the village dogs are affected by parasite infections, skin problems and other diseases such as CTVT cancer.

Two very committed teams from Animal Nepal and HART worked in close collaboration with the Tara Sheha Youth Club, who raised funds within the community. The camp was the first joint collaboration between AN and HART and we hope many will follow!

Thank you all staff and volunteers who toiled under very difficult circumstances to make this camp a success. Thank you SDON for your commitment to improving the lives of Harisiddi’s dogs.