No rabies, no babies in Lalitpur

Lalitpur, May, 2018-
“No more rabies, no more babies.” That is the slogan of Animal Nepal’s Humane Dog Management Program in Lalitpur. During the past few years Animal Nepal spayed and vaccinated over 5000 dogs in the district. Now, teaming up with local government bodies, the organization makes the final push for a rabies and babies free Lalitpur.
With the support of the local government, Animal Nepal spayed and vaccinated 171 community dogs in the period 10-19 May 2018. The dogs underwent surgery in a Catch Neuter Vaccinate and Release (CNVR) camp at the office of the District Livestock Service Office (DLSO) in Lagankhel. The dogs were kept here for one night, and checked upon after release.
Chief of DLSO, Dr Mogul Prasad Sah, helped to support the spaying camp by allocating a budget and providing staff resources. His loving care and support is very much appreciated. DLSO joined hands with Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) to create a strong foundation for such programs in future, when the livestock department becomes part of local municipalities
During the official launch of the program, Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) Deputy Mayor Gita Satyal kindly committed financial assistance for similar camps to be held outside the Ring Road in the coming years.
LMC Chief Executive Officer Hari Prasad Dahal shared his conviction that a rabies free zone concept is great for both people and animals and requested the community people to a working environment to implement such zones.
AN Executive Director Uttam Kafle has shared the organisation’s working experience and described how the number of stray and community dogs in the LMC area has been reduced as a result. Since 2007, Animal Nepal spayed over 5000 dogs in its Humane Dog Population Management Program and reached a 75 percent coverage of female dogs. He says the dream of Animal Nepal to create a rabies and babies free Lalitpur is now close, but demands everyone’s support.
Animal Nepal’s team did a great job! It consisted of veterinarian Dr Sunil Thapa, vet technicians Kushal B.C., Sushant Acharya and Gautam Khatri, dog catcher Ramchandra Shrestha, as well as volunteers Janga and Rebant.
CNVR camps are a very effective and humane way to solve stray dog problems in Nepal. Animal Nepal encourages communities to organize CNVR camps, to create a country in which people and canines can coexist in peace.
Apart from the government bodies, Sneha’s Care also supported the program. The teams of Animal Nepal and Sneha’s worked hand in hand during the catching and surgery.

Dogs spend the night in Buddhist monastery !

Lalitpur, January, 2018-

Dogs don’t always get a chance to enter a Buddhist monastery. However, recently the dogs of Godavari and surrounding villages were taken to a monastery and even spent the night!

Rinpoche Geydak had been worried about the dogs suffering from mange and females giving birth to many puppies in the neighborhood of Shri Singha monastery in Godavari for some time. When he shared his concern with manager Dhanmaya Thapa she knew exactly what to do. She called Animal Nepal.

Dhanmaya has been an active volunteer with Animal Nepal for many years. She is well aware of the importance of birth control to improve the conditions of community dogs. In consultation with Animal Nepal, the monastery decided to support a Catch Neuter Vaccinate and Release (CNVR) camp from 25 to 28 January 2018. The local community was prepared through leafletting and word to mouth advertisement.

Thanks to the wonderful support of the monastery in regards to accommodation, food and logistical support, a total of 79 dogs could be spayed and vaccinated. The dogs were kept for one night at the monastery, and checked upon after release. The life of a pregnant pet dog whose puppies had died inside the womb could be saved. Local dogs suffering from wounds and mange were treated too.

Rinpoche Geydak promised to support three more spaying camps in the coming years. His loving care and support is very much appreciated, as is Dhanmaya’s kindness and commitment.

Similarly, Godavari Municipality Deputy Mayor Muna Adhikari, has promised financial assistance for a similar camp in coming days.

Animal Nepal’s team did a great job! It consisted of veterinarians Sunil Thapa and Sajana Thapa, volunteer veterinarian Samir Thapa, vet technicians Gautam Khetri, Kushal B.C and Sushant Achrya, dog catchers Mohan Maharjan and Ramchandra Shrestha, as well as volunteers Janga and Rebant. Program Manager Kapil Kafle coordinated the event.

CNVR camps are a very effective and humane way to solve stray dog problems in Nepal. Animal Nepal encourages communities to organize CNVR camps, to create a country in which people and canines can coexist in peace.

 

Education programme for equine owners and handlers

 

Lalitpur, February 2017 –

On February 4th 2017, Our dedicated team went to Chhampi Mai Brick kiln to conduct an awareness/education programme for the equine owners and handlers.

In Chhampi Mai Brick kiln, there are 59 working equines. There are four owners and 19 handlers who are taking care of the equines.

When our team went to collect the details concerning the condition of the equines, the handlers were keen to get involved and provide us with information regarding the equines.  Animal Nepal Program Manager Kapil Kafle briefed the owners and handlers about taking care and the better treatment of the equines. Senior veterinarian of Equine Outreach Programme, Dr. Atish Yadav talked about primary treatment and general  equine health.

Similarly, Dr. Sajana Thapa also gave advice regarding food and nutrition for the hard working equines. Animal Nepal’s para vets Tara Budhathoki, Santosh Gautam and Sijan Pokhrel talked about the importance of the well being of the equines which in turn would lead to more productivity.

Equine owners Kaiyum Shekh and Ajmod Shekh raised important questions related to care of working animals. All the participants: equine handlers/owners were satisfied and looked forward in implementing all the suggestions given to them by our team. They realized that that better treatment and healthier equines would be more beneficial for their work and committed themselves to better care for the equines.  This was followed by a medical checkup for all the sick equines and medication was administered where required. Our team was happy to get a positive response from the handlers and owners.

This is the first camp of this season. We started from a kiln having problem and helping them. More than 1000 equines work in brick factories in Kathmandu Valley, carrying bricks under tough conditions. This season Animal Nepal will be focusing on spreading awareness and educating the kiln owners/handlers on the improved treatment for the equines.