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.