Animal lover Mrs. Leela Bhatt lives in Dhobighat and is truly a dog messiah. While doing her daily rounds, she came across two beautiful dogs: frisky and friendly Seti and reserved, elegant Panda, who, unfortunately had been abandoned by their owner, near Ujyalo FM building, Lalitpur. “Seti” and “Panda” had been waiting for their owner to return not realizing that they had been abandoned. This heartless move had had a deep impact on Panda especially, as he became snappy and aggressive and became a deterrent to society. People’s general reaction was one of spite and fear and would throw stones at them, which did not solve the problem at all. Seeing them in such a state, Mrs. Bhatt immediately contacted Animal Nepal and we tried to coax them to come from their previous home to our office.
We need to realize that dogs are not objects to be abandoned when you get tired of them. It’s incomprehensible how people can raise puppies only to mistreat or abandon them.
Initially, animal lover Mrs Leela Bhatta tried to intervene by giving them food and love that they so sorely needed. After few months, Animal Nepal decided to rescue them. It was not easy, and even though Seti took to our company, Panda took his time and being so cruelly rejected by his owners had become very wary of humans. But, we are happy to share that Panda has gone through immense change and by giving him tender, loving care, he is part of our family and much happier and social. They are best friends with our previous buddies: “Bangi” and “Bobby”.
In our office time, they make themselves comfortable, occasionally coming up to get a pat from any one of us and quietly retreat to their favorite corners. Their lives have turned around for the good and we are glad that from being so aggressive, they have become so loving.
We are looking for loving homes for the both of them, after all, it’s not difficult to give a little love and time to these beautiful species. They are, after all, Man’s best friend!!
On 4th August, 2017, Animal Nepal organized an educational programme for the students of Shree Taudaha Rastriya High School, Kirtipur Municipality-15, Taudaha, Kathmandu. Headmaster Sovit Basnet welcomed The Animal Nepal team warmly and guided us to the hall where about 53 students were waiting and wondering what we were about to show them regarding welfare for our furry animals.
AN’s Programme Manager Kapil Kafle shared the work of Animal Nepal with 53 enthusiastic students, and explained about Animal Welfare, pet care and overall pressing issues affecting animals in Nepal. He showed them a short video about the work done by Animal Nepal in the areas of helping dogs and making lives of working equines better. Similarly, Kafle shared some success stories about abandoned and sick dogs, when, given timely treatment along with love, made remarkable recovery. Since animal welfare is an evolving concept in our country, our community and especially, the children need to be educated on this topic, as they are the future and will spread the word of welfare towards animals.
This is our second education programme and we plan to do more, in other educational institutions in the coming days. The response from the school authorities and children have been very positive, encouraging us to expand our awareness programme. We plan to make our awareness programme the top priority, so a more empathetic and compassionate society develops and are able to give a voice for all our furry buddies.
AN’s Communication Officer Nirmal Sharma, Vet Technicians Gautam Khatry and Koushal G.C, Assistant Ramchandra Shrestha were involved in the programme.
We were happy to meet such wonderful and enthusiastic children. We would like to thank Shree Taudaha Rastriya High School’s teachers, staffs and students for giving us this opportunity to share our work of our four legged friends them.
Lalitpur, July, 2017–
An interaction with Brick Kiln Owners and relevant stakeholders from Lalitpur was called on 7th July, 2017, where Animal Nepal talked about the work they have done so far in the field of working equines, animal welfare and most importantly introduced and discussed the Animal Welfare Directive; which states crucial do’s and don’ts and humane treatment for pack and traction animals; endorsed by the government. Positive suggestions were taken from the kiln owners and government representatives also put forward their points. All the suggestions will be taken and a plan made on how to move forward for the implementation of the Directive.
AN President Pramada Shah informed the owners and government officials regarding the Animal Welfare Directive and the responsibility that everyone has towards pack and traction animals. “The implementation of the directive will be a challenging task, however, if we unite, we can ensure that the first directive in the world for working animals is effective.” Shah appealed to all participants.
Executive Officer of Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Hari Prasad Dahal, promised to work on endorsing and advertising the Directive. Head of DSLO, Dr. Mogul Prasad Shah, said that there are check points for monitoring of animal transportation in the entry points of the valley; the Transport Standard 2064 requires a degree of animal welfare to be maintained during the transportation of live animals.
Brick Kiln Owner Deepshakti Bynjankar mentioned that animal husbandry is, of course, the priority and responsibility of the owner himself; thus, we should expect their support for the implementation of the Directive.
AN’s Executive Director, Uttam Kafle, explained the Animal Welfare Directive’s challenges and as well as its endless possibilities to improve the lives of owners and animals alike. He also touched upon Animal Nepal’s work related to working animals. According to Kafle, ” there at least 495 equines working in the brick kilns of Lalitpur and AN works to improve the lives of these equines in 14 of these brick kilns.”
AN would like to thank Mr. Hari Prasad Dahal (Executive Officer of LMC), Dr. Mogul Prasad Shah (Head of DSLO) and brick kiln owners of Lalitpur, for accepting our invitation, participating and providing us feedback on welfare issues of working animals. Proud to be part of the process for the welfare of animals.