Animal Nepal Publishes its 2017 Annual Report

Lalitpur, March 2018 –
Animal Nepal recently published its 2017 Annual Report. You are warmly invited to go through it and learn more about how we created a foundation for lasting change.
2017 was an exciting year at Animal Nepal, in which we focused on building a foundation for lasting change. We did that through working closely with the Government of Nepal and by putting legislation to protect animals in place.
To improve the lives of working equines, we helped the government draft the Animal Welfare Directive 2017, which legally protects working animals. The directive is the world’s first of its kind, as it’s the first one specifically for pack and traction animals (including not only equines but also elephants, bulls, buffaloes, yak, sheep and goats). It is also the world’s first Directive that is based on the OIE standards for working equines.
In June 2017 Animal Nepal became the first animal welfare organization in Nepal to sign an MOU with the Ministry of Livestock Development. The MOU enables us to work on additional legislation and joint awareness raising activities for animals in general.
One of the first activities under the MOU was the drafting of a framework for a disaster management plan for animals. In the wake of the 2015 earthquake and the 2017 floods, this is a crucial step towards preparing a response to the disasters Nepal faces.
Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the animal welfare movement of Nepal, the criminal code or Muluki Ain was updated, and now acknowledges animal welfare and criminalizes animal abuse. Animal Nepal and its partners will continue to work with the government to implement the code and translate its key points into other legislation as well.

The phone keeps ringing…

To improve the lives of dogs Animal Nepal further strengthened its relation with the Lalitpur Metropolitan City (LMC) administration. LMC governs the core of our working area in Lalitpur District. The government body this year supported our humane dog management program with $5000 and organized different education programs for Ward representatives.
Each year our teams treat more sick and injured animals. This is partly caused by the expansion of our programs but is also the outcome of increased community involvement. Our hotline rings most of the day!
Animal Nepal’s outreach teams in 2017 worked hard to respond to treatment requests. The ‘dog team’ spayed and vaccinated 1105 dogs, and treated 1410 needy dogs on the street and in the treatment centre. Another 2296 dog got vaccinated. The ‘equine team’ treated an astonishing high number of horses, mules and donkeys: 5977. This means a 290% increase from 2016. The team members vaccinated another 949 equines.

Easing the burdens…

In 2017 Animal Nepal further expanded its work under its Working Equine Program in rural districts featuring brick factories, specifically Dhading and Kavre district. By placing two veterinary technicians in Dhading, the outreach work in 18 brick factories could be significantly intensified.
The pilot program for mountain mules in Gorkha district introduced in 2016 further expanded in 2017. Through health camps and training programs we aim to lighten the burden of these hardworking mules and bring lasting change into their lives.
During the last two months of the year, Animal Nepal intensified the effectiveness and economic empowerment of the Equine User Group in Nepalgunj by organizing micro credit programs. The organization further involved in organizing a training for local vets and para-vets on important contemporary health issues among equines. As an additional intervention, a training in improved harness making was organized. This year we started an exciting new project to bringing lasting changes in the lives of equine and their owners. With the support of World Horse Association we introduced mushroom farming for the women of Himrinya village of Banke district. We strongly believe in the interrelationship between the welfare of equines and the economic status of their owners!

After the floods…

After Nepal was hit by disastrous floods in August, which killed 143, affected 1.7 million, and forced around 461,000 out of their homes, Animal Nepal, with financial support of The Donkey Sanctuary, sent a rapid response team to the affected six districts. The team worked in close collaboration with the district Livestock Service Offices and the Nepal Veterinary Association (NVA) and managed to treat and vaccinate more than 2,000 affected livestock.
In order to change people’s hearts and minds for the benefit of animals, Animal Nepal together with Radio Annapurna organized 40 special radio programs called Ahimsa (nonviolence). These regular airwaves are becoming an effective tool to create awareness on humane dog management and to engage government authorities, local people, and other concerned authorities in our regular activities.
AN Founder President Pramada Shah said,”I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Government of Nepal, our loyal donors and supporters, the community members we work with and last but not the least Animal Nepal’s wonderful management and outreach teams for their support in our work.” You can download the full report here.

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 session with local government representatives!

 

Lalitpur, 15th December, 2017

Animal Nepal organized an education session about Humane Dog Population Management Programme for local government representatives and community people of ward number 23, Lalitpur Metropolitan city.
AN’s Programme Manager Kapil Kafle shared some major works of the organization. He also showed a short video which includes different programme of Animal Nepal such as Humane Dog Population Management and Working Equine Outreach Programme. Similarly, Communication Officer Nirmal Sharma shared some success stories about abandoned and sick dogs which made remarkable recovery after proper treatment along with love.

The team took that opportunity to explain about pet care and overall pressing issues affecting animal welfare in Nepal. We were happy to meet such a wonderful and enthusiastic public representatives. The response from the local government representatives and community member have been very positive, encouraging us to expand our awareness programme.
We would like to thank all the participants for giving us such an opportunity to share some of our work. We are especially grateful for the kind support provided by Mr. Vyukaji Maharjan, chairperson, Mrs. Sanumaya B.K., member and Mr. Harka Bahadur Adhikari, office secretary of the ward. 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.