The earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday April 25 has left a trail of devastation. Apart from hundreds of thousands of people, countless animals are affected too. Animal Nepal launches an Emergency Appeal to respond to the crisis. Your help in this hour of need will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be send here. Follow us on Facebook to join our three rescue teams while caring for sick and injured dogs, cows, buffaloes, goats, pigs and even the odd rabbit. Download our appeal here.
Animal Nepal focuses on four interventions:
- Emergency outreach in four districts
Animal Nepal employs three outreach teams visiting the most affected villages of Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Dhading and Sindhupalchowk districts. Thousands of cows, buffaloes, goats, pigs and bird got sick or injured during the earthquake and subsequent after shocks. For rural families livestock is a life saver, as it provides them with means for survival. As of Mid May around 900 animals, including 500 working equines, have been treated in this rapid response. Animal Nepal also takes the lead in building local expertise through workshops and protocols for most common injuries found. For more details see: https://animalnepal.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/animal-nepal-organizes-workshop-on-casting-and-downer-cows/
- Staff support.
Seven of our staff members lost their homes. Tara, Hari Krishna, Santosh, Ram Chandra and Shankar as well as parttimers Pushpa and Rajendra have become homeless. The homes of Uttam, Suman and Mohan are partly destroyed. These hardworking staff will need support to build a temporary shelter and a contribution towards rebuilding their homes after monsoon. The staff have already been provided with tarpaulins and food items as quick relief.
- Lost and found dogs
A separate team reaches out to sick and injured stray dogs. A special website (www.lostandfoundnepal.org) has been developed to reunite lost pets with their families. Ads are put in the newspaper and support is given to families who look after found dogs.
The earthquake destroyed the isolation unit at our donkey sanctuary and partly collapsed the isolation unit at the dog shelter. Rebuilding these with earthquake measures in the need of the hour. We also need to buy a solar fridge for vaccines and power back up systems.
- Community member support.
Animal Nepal is approached by countless community members for support. Some are unable to take care of their sick pets and ask for temporary shelter. Others bring injured animals or ask us to come and treat community dogs and pets on the street. We plan to conduct vaccination and spaying camps in the worst affected villages of Lalitpur District, including Bungamati/Khokana, Harisiddi and Dapakhel. Extra funds are needed for this.