Animal Nepal and HART conduct CNVR camp in Badikhel and Godavari

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Badikhel/Godavari, November 23, 2012 – 118 dogs ‘fixed’; 5 sick dogs rescued; many more treated: hundreds of pet owners and community members educated. Those were among the outcomes of a Catch Neuter Vaccinate Release and Monitor (CNVR-M) camp organised by Animal Nepal, in cooperation of Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART), in Badikhel and Godavari.

Badikhel and Godavari, like most other settlements in Nepal, suffer from an overpopulation of dogs. Local canines tend to suffer from skin problems and traffic injuries, while people often have a fear of rabies.

The staff of the two organisations worked very hard to improve the conditions of both dogs and people in the villages. The team was supported by UK veterinarians Dr Russell Lyon and Frances Coles and a number of Nepalese volunteer paravets and vet students.

Animal Nepal and HART sterilized and vaccinated 94 females and neutered 24 males. Among these were 2 pet dogs.

The surgery was conducted in four tents which were put up in the compound of Animal Nepal’s Donkey Sanctuary. The donkeys certainly did not mind having many dogs and people around!

Animal Nepal would like to thanks its donors Brigitte Bardot Foundation, Mayhew International and Humane Society International as well as HART team, the volunteers and everyone else who contributed to the success of the camp.

The full report can be read here.

Report on Nepal’s first Seminar on Dog Population Management published

Kathmandu, 14 November, 2012 – Today the Animal Welfare Network Nepal published a report of Nepal’s first “National Seminar on Dog Population Management”.

The historical seminar was held at Godavari Village Resort, Kathmandu on August 12, 2012. The Seminar brought together central and local government representatives, UN bodies, representatives from neighbouring governments, and many NGOs. The aim was to secure commitment from all stakeholders to the humane and effective management of Nepal’s dog population.

Throughout Nepal local authorities still resort to mass poisoning to try to control dog populations. They are under pressure to control rabies (transmitted by dogs) and other problems such as noise pollution and traffic accidents. However, over the years, the strategy of poisoning has proven ineffective. Nepal’s street dog population is now estimated at three million, and many of these animals are suffering from injuries, disease and neglect. Poisoning not only introduces massive pain on the dogs, but psychologically impacts human society, and is a source of environmental pollution.

Several alternative approaches to controlling dog populations, from within and outside Nepal, were discussed during the Seminar, which culminated in a Declaration which urges the responsible government authorities in Nepal to adopt humane, scientific methods of dog population management.

The Seminar was organized by Animal Welfare Network Nepal (AWNN), with the support of Humane Society International, Tufts University (USA) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

The full report can be read here.

Coming up: Biogas and Composting Toilets Workshop

Animal Nepal is announcing its natural building and permaculture workshop programme for December and January.

The  programme starts on December 3 with a 9-day Biogas and Composting Toilets Workshop, followed by a second one on December 14.

A 28-day Natural Building Workshop will start on January 2.

Coordinated by natural building and permaculture consultant Jeni Shurley (USA), these classes will give you the skills and confidence to develop a natural building and organise your garden or farm, all on a shoestring budget!

In the December workshops, learn all about biogas and natural toilet systems in these hands-on workshop, held on a beautiful location!

The classes are directed at residential applications, and include the science, theory, and workshops designing and building these two systems.

Duration: 9 days

Starting dates: December 3 and 14 December, 2012

Location: The Sanctuary, Badikhel/Godavari

Programme Fees:  NRs 10,600 with meals and lodging, NRs 5,500 without lodging and one meal

For more information email us at animalnepal@gmail.com or call Jeni at 9818 223233

Scholarships are available for Nepalese students.

For more information visit http://thesanctuarynepal.wordpress.com/workshops/