Dissemination of Tanga Survey Report



Nepalgunj, Animal Nepal’s team, President Pramada Shah, ED UttamKafle and Legal Advisor Shubhechha Tewari, along with Liam Maguire from World Horse Welfare, went to Nepalgunj on 6th February 2017 to disseminate the following report: ‘Research Into Working Horses and Mules used to pull Tanga and Buggy’( which was supported by World Horse Welfare).

The objective of this research was to identify the current welfare condition of horses and mules used to pull Tangas and Buggies, to identify socio-eco situation of the Equine owners and their willingness to replace equines with electric vicheles.

This programme was jointly hosted by Animal Nepal and the Quarantine Office of Banke.  Variety of stakeholders attended the meeting included the Chief, Shiriraj Gyawali, of Nepalgunj’s Sub-Metropolitan City, Livestock Development’s Officer Bharat Kumar Malla,Dr. Indira Sharma from Regional Livestock Training Center Office, Dr. Dinesh Kumar Yadav from Regional Agriculture Research Center, Dr. Bed Bahadur KC Chief of District Livestock Service,  Dr. Ram Sevak Tripathi and Pramod Kumar Khadka from Animal Quarantine Office, Planning Officer Bharat Kumar Malla from DDC, and Shahdat Ali Sah President of Tanga Association. Various journalists and media personals from NTV, Vision TV, Kantipur Daily and local networks also attended the programme.

After the presentation the floor was open for feedback.  All the stakeholders found the report useful and informative; all the stakeholders showed willingness to work with Animal Nepal on the issue further. This program also gave a platform for the Tanga owners that had recently been replaced by the electric rickshaws (the rickshaws were provided to a different community). The program allowed the Tanga Association’s President to directly address the relevant Government authorities; who in turn assured the Tanga owners that they will consider their condition as a serious matter and work to find a solution.





Dr. Atish’s and Dr. Ramesh’s Trip to Gorkha


31st, January ,2017                                                                        

Gorkha, situated at 140 km west of Kathmandu at an altitude of 1,135 meter, is a popular trekking destination for most tourists. This trekking area is blessed with rugged, scenic beauty with jaw dropping abyss from one side and a solid wall of mountain on the other side.

Dr. Ramesh Perumal from The Donkey Sanctuary India had come to Nepal to attend the SAIEVAC conference held in Pokhara. After the Conference, he travelled with Dr. Atish, from Animal Nepal, to Gorkha to observe the situation of the mountain mules and provide feedback. As found in the ‘Mountain Mule Survey’ conducted by Animal Nepal in 2015, ill-fitted and ill designed harnesses and saddles were the causes of many wounds, bruises and other injuries among the mules in Gorkha. Seeing the mules himself, Dr. Ramesh was able to provide better advised on appropriate saddle/harnesses designs.

During their trip they survey the terrain that the mules walk on. The terrain is beautiful but treacherous both for humans and animals alike. Dr. Atish came across an old case of a mule he had treated on 22nd November 2016. The mule had faced difficulty in breathing and had been treated at the time. The equine owner recognizing Dr. Atish, immediately came over and showed his equine to him. Both Dr. Atish and Dr. Ramesh, started their check-up and finally decided that there was a mass obstructing the nasal passages, and after a short procedure removed a granulators mass from the nostrils. This gave immediate relief to the poor mule as well as the owner.

Another equine owner approached Dr. Atish asking him to check his mule who had been limping for the last two weeks, he said that despite resting him for seven days, his situation had not improved. Upon checking his hoof, they diagnosed it as a Hoof Abscess. Immediately, they set about draining the fluid from the mule’s hoof and told the owner to check on the hoof periodically.

A main hub where all the mules are kept for the night and where Dr. Atish wanted to try out a new procedure of cushioning the harness. He met with five equine owners and convinced them to try out the foam pad under the harness for a minimum of 10 days to see whether it would minimize the injuries or not. Dr. Atish took the phone numbers of the Equine owners to call them in intervals to check on the progress of the mule wounds as well.

On their return to Kathmandu, both the doctors stopped in Dhading to check on the brick-kilns that Dr. Atish had worked in, for the welfare ofequines. In Tata Brick kiln factory, the owner Kudush Kasgar told Dr. Atish that his mules were falling sick. After a thorough investigation, Dr. Atish administered some medicines to the equines and advised the brick kiln factory owner how to take care of them. In the Dhading Brick Kiln factory, the condition of all the mules was satisfactory.

The most positive outcome of this visit to the Brick- kiln factories was that both the owners wanted Animal Nepal to come and hold an awareness, training and health camp in their factories. After a satisfying visit to Gorkha, Dr. Atish and Dr. Ramesh returned to Kathmandu.


“Preventing Illness” Through a New Isolation Unit Setup!

Kathmandu, January, 2016– With a kind support from Mayhew International, our new isolation unit is finally complete. For a treatment center like ours who rescues and treats no less than 1000 dogs every year, an isolation setup was vital for the prevention of illness in animals.

Our isolation ward consists of 10 kennels which have a separate room for mange, cancer dogs and dogs with other communicable diseases. The kennels are built in such a way that they are easy to clean and disinfect. Special ventilation system has been applied in order to help control spreading of diseases. The care takers and shelter workers are provided with gloves and boots which they can use while cleaning the area. Furthermore, the area will be disinfected on a regular basis to help prevent potentially infectious diseases.

The building also has an examination room where the rescued dogs will be diagnosed firsthand before shifting them to their respective kennels. The dogs in our isolation unit will receive intensive care from our vets and staff on a regular basis. The isolation unit also work as an”quarantine area” which is extremely important for dogs who are simply being observed to be sure they are healthy before they are released back to their own communities.

Under Animal Nepal Humane Dog Management Programme, we often rescue and treat sick or injured animals at our treatment center who cannot be treated through mobile clinics or who needs much care and attention. And after the complete recovery of the dogs they are released back to their communities. But due to the lack of proper isolation ward, we had always been facing problems with the contagious diseases that were taking lives of even the healthy animals. By building a new isolation unit we hope to minimize the spreading of such illness. We hope that the death rate will eventually decrease at our shelter and more lives will be saved.

Thank Mayhew International for your kind support!