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.
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.
At the start of the year the Animal Nepal team was pampered with the visit of a team of volunteers from Animal Aid Abroad Australia (AAA). The eleven enthusiastic AAA members came with the purpose of getting to know Animal Nepal better and donating lots of useful medicines and special equipment, including a microscope. Continue reading “Kudos to Animal Aid Abroad Australia tour group!”→
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Animal Nepal works in Lalitpur and the southern part of Kathmandu District.