Donkey Sanctuary India provides valuable training to Animal Nepal staff

How to make saddles that do not create wounds on donkeys? How to educate equine owners in a participatory manner? These and many other questions were addressed in a recent Donkey Sanctuary India training programme. Animal Nepal’s equine outreach members Dr. Atish Kumar Yadav and vet technician Hari Krishna Shrestha returned with fresh energy and knowledge.

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World Rabies Day celebrated with vaccination camp

Patan, 28 September 2012 – Animal Nepal today, on World Rabies Day, vaccinated over 60 pet and community dogs as part of a comprehensive programme to eradicate rabies in Lalitpur district.

At the mobile clinic at Patan Durbar Square,  a few hundred community members were educated about rabies prevention and pet care. Apart from conducting vaccinations, Animal Nepal’s team rescued and treated sick and injured five dogs.

The mission of World Rabies Day is to raise awareness about the impact of human and animal rabies, how easy it is to prevent it, and how to eliminate the main global sources. The tools and technology for human rabies prevention and dog rabies elimination are available.

Animal Nepal in 2009 introduced an Animal Birth Control and Anti Rabies programme in Lalitpur district. “Due to neutering and vaccination the stray dog population becomes rabies-free, non-breeding and non-aggressive, and it gradually decreases over a period of time,” said veterinary manager Dr Surendra Basyal.

A hairless dog’s makeover

We are happy to announce that Fluffy is fully recovered. The aging stray dog arrived in our shelter in February, suffering from an advanced stage of mange. Fluffy had become as bald as a coot and was badly malnourished.

Skin diseases such as these are rampant among Nepalese dogs. It takes a lot of patience to cure them. Slowly but surely Fluffy’s hair grew back, and she became less grumpy. Fluffy now sports a thick coat of beige hair and feels at home with the other three permanent residents at the Chobar Animal Sanctuary, Nana, Sumi and Lassie.