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.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the best equine owner of them all?

Lalitpur, May 2018
What is the best thing that can happen to a donkey, mule or horse toiling in a brick factory? Having a good owner! A responsible owner makes sure his animals don’t overwork, are not overloaded, have a nice shelter, get nutritious food, are treated when sick or injured and get a chance to rest, graze and play.
The equines belonging to Arman Kasgar from Hanuman Brick Factory are the lucky ones this year. Animal Nepal’s Equine Outreach Team recently honoured Mr Kasgar as the Best Equine Owner of Lalitpur district. Each year we select the best owners and handlers in the districts where we work and provide them with cash prizes, feeding buckets and tubs and equine food. The award ceremony acts as an incentive for owners and handlers to treat their equines even better.
The second Best Equine Owner this year is Guddu Kasgar from Shree Bajra Barahi (RM) Brick Kiln, while Rahis Kasgar from Gyan Brick kiln became the third prize winner.
The award program was organized on 12th May 2018 in the presence of some forty equine owners. Animal Nepal’s Executive Director Uttam Kafle distributed the cash prizes and certificates. “The award program is to motivate the participants to treat their hard working equines even better and more importantly to spread the message of welfare for these animals in such a harsh environment,” he said.
Equine Outreach Program Coordinator Dr. Atish Kumar Yadav explained the selection criteria to the participants and encouraged them to continue to treat their equines with care and respect. Other outreach team members present were Dr Sajana Thapa, para vets Tara Budhathoki, Prem Roka and Mana Nepali, assistant cum driver Ramchandra Shrestha and Communication Officer Nirmal Sharma.

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.