“2015 was undoubtedly the most troubled year in the history of Animal Nepal, marked not only by natural disasters but also a blockade that led to a crisis in basic supplies, and ongoing political instability. These factors created many obstacles to our work. We have been tried and tested, and can only hope 2016 will bring much needed stability” writes Uttam Kaphle, the Executive Director, Animal Nepal.
A total of 1,052 dogs were treated under our Humane Dog Management Programme 2015. Most of the treatment cases this year were fractures and injuries including other common problems like Paralysis, CTVT and Mange. Besides, 1,350 dogs were vaccinated against rabies and parvo virus and 376 dogs were sterilised under our ABC programme.
A total of 585 equines were brought this season to work in 15 brick factories of Lalitpur. We witnessed that the culture of bringing sick animals from Nepalgunj had reduced substantially compared to previous years as equine owners have become much aware. The year marked 1,491 equine treatment cases along with 7 rescues. A total of 606 equines were vaccinated against tetanus and rabies.
The mid-year remained extremely challenging for us as the country was hit by the great earthquake on April 25. AN launched an Emergency Appeal to respond to the crisis through donation and volunteer appeal. Our rescue programme continued even during the disaster aftermath and we were able to treat more than 900 animals. We also went out on relief distribution in brick factories and treatment of injured animals with the support of The Donkey Sanctuary UK. And with the kind support from Animal Aid Abroad, we finished rebuilding our new isolation unit at the end of 2015 which came down during the earthquake. Similarly, with the help of Mayhew Animal Homes we were able to set up solar system at our dog treatment center. We also like to thank Brigitte Bardot Foundation for helping us in renovation of our dog treatment center.
End of the year marked our visit to Nepalgunj where we set up a office (resource centre) for the equine owners. Our aim is to conduct some basic training for the equine owners on health related problems and also a support to the women of their family by organizing micro credit service for them.
With the aim of working towards a better understanding of mule use in and after natural disasters in the mountain region of Nepal, AN started its assessment of Mountain mules in the mountain region of Nepal with the support of TDS UK. With the programme Animal Nepal aims to find out overall condition of working mules in mountain region of Nepal.
AN Founder President Pramada Shah thanks all our supporters and donors, both international and local in the report. She adds, “Animal Nepal continuously endeavors to improve our quality of services, and the board are involved and motivate the team to work with compassion and professionalism.”
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