Kudos to Animal Aid Abroad Australia tour group!

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At the start of the year the Animal Nepal team was pampered with the visit of  a team of volunteers from Animal Aid Abroad Australia (AAA). The eleven enthusiastic AAA members came with the purpose of getting to know Animal Nepal better and donating lots of useful medicines and special equipment, including a microscope. More

Animal Nepal and HART conduct CNVR camp in Badikhel and Godavari

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Badikhel/Godavari, November 23, 2012 – 118 dogs ‘fixed’; 5 sick dogs rescued; many more treated: hundreds of pet owners and community members educated. Those were among the outcomes of a Catch Neuter Vaccinate Release and Monitor (CNVR-M) camp organised by Animal Nepal, in cooperation of Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART), in Badikhel and Godavari.

Badikhel and Godavari, like most other settlements in Nepal, suffer from an overpopulation of dogs. Local canines tend to suffer from skin problems and traffic injuries, while people often have a fear of rabies.

The staff of the two organisations worked very hard to improve the conditions of both dogs and people in the villages. The team was supported by UK veterinarians Dr Russell Lyon and Frances Coles and a number of Nepalese volunteer paravets and vet students.

Animal Nepal and HART sterilized and vaccinated 94 females and neutered 24 males. Among these were 2 pet dogs.

The surgery was conducted in four tents which were put up in the compound of Animal Nepal’s Donkey Sanctuary. The donkeys certainly did not mind having many dogs and people around!

Animal Nepal would like to thanks its donors Brigitte Bardot Foundation, Mayhew International and Humane Society International as well as HART team, the volunteers and everyone else who contributed to the success of the camp.

The full report can be read here.

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.

December 27 – Five puppies in a bag…

Kathmandu, December 27, 2011 – How does a Tibetan Mastiff puppy feel when taken away from its mother in Helambu and put inside a nylon bag together with four other dogs, only to be taken out to be shown to potential buyers on the streets of Kathmandu?

Today we educated street puppy sellers on dog management and humane handling. The network is shocked by the conditions in which Tibetan Mastiff puppies are kept while being sold in Kathmandu Valley.

Together with Animal Welfare Network Nepal we campaigns for better treatment of puppies by street vendors. In exchange for free deworming medicines and literature, we demand better ways of keeping the puppies, vaccinations, and education of buyers. Here Dr Sudeep Koirala explains potential buyers of the pitfalls while the sellers are looking on.

We request interested animal lovers not to buy puppies from street vendors, but to visit a genuine breeder who provides treatment, vaccination and information about the background of the parents.

Mangal and the crime that cannot be forgotten

Animal rescue can be a depressing thing. Yesterday we were called by a young woman from Mangal Bazaar, Patan. A dog needed to be rescued. When we arrived in the alleyway where the dog was kept we were greeted by a dreadful smell. The smell of a suffering, dying dog. A shivering dog was lying in a dark corner, a part of its flank cut off and the underlying flesh and bone parts exposed. Someone must have attacked it with a sharp knife. It barely looked at us, but allowed us to stroke its sad, wet face.

At first people were willing to help. A taxi was called and we were informed that it was no good calling the owners, since they couldn’t care less. But when it came to lifting the dog unto a plastic sheet only a drunk neighbour came forward.

At the Mobile Vet Clinic the dog was immediately provided with anesthesia. Soon it became apparent that the dog also suffered injuries on one of its legs and on its back. We decided to put it to sleep.

We did not want the dog to die nameless. We called the dog Mangal, after the location where we found him. Mangal will remain a symbol for the level of cruelty that is inflicted on animals in Nepal.

Rescues such as these make us feel intensily sad. But they also remind us of how important our work is. Until recently no one knew what to do when dogs were tortured. Now people know whom to call. They are angry and upset; the lady who called us said the dog was one of her favourites, who often visited her shop. Mangal went through tremendous suffering but at least he died a painless death.

The next step is to get the Animal Welfare Act passed and functioning and bring the perpetrators to book.

I hope Mangal did not die in vain.

Fluffy: a miraculous recovery

I met Fluffy with her mother and sister at a farm in Bagdol. The farmer (one of the few left in our neighbourhood) owns cows and sheep, and a flock of dogs. He talks to all of them and knows how to treat sick animals with home remedies. His presence is a great source of irritation to the neighbours, who live in marble palaces. They want the farmer to get rid of his dogs, by throwing them in the nearby Bagmati river, or by sending them to his home district.

The farmer loves his dogs. He asked us to help him manage his dog population. They need to be vaccinated and sterilised. I promised – as a first step- to take one of the two puppies. That’s how Fluffy came to the house.

Fluffy was very shy and listless. After deworming and defleeing it became obvious that she suffered from parvo, a much dreaded deadly puppy disease. I decided to take Fluffy back to her mother; perhaps mother milk would help her recover. It was too late for that – the mother no longer had any milk left, and Fluffy’s sister had already died from parvo.

I felt shocked. A few weeks earlier two puppies had died from parvo in my house. I felt I could not handle another slow, painful puppy death. But I had no choice. I asked Dr Thapa to provide Fluffy with antibiotics and vaccinate her against parvo and distemper, without much hope. The vet too did not think she would make it. I grinded my teeth.

Strangely enough, Fluffy survived. She is in fact the first puppy to survive parvo in my care.

We will never know what caused her recovery. I did give her regular medicines and homeopathic remedies like arsenicum and china, but that is standard. Did the vaccination do the trick? Should we vaccinate sick puppies much earlier to prevent untimely death? Fluffy leaves us with many questions.

And happyness. Because Fluffy found two wonderful adoptive parents – student Shirish and his girlfriend Kajal. Kajal writes the following:

i m the care taker of fluffy.. shirish’s frn.. actually i m crazy abt havin pets so he gifted me fluffy.. hhmmm.. fluffy is real clever n cutie.. she has nicely adapted the surrounding and is doing well.. we have assigned a new veterinary 4 fluffy n he visits once a month..the vaccination prescribed in her last prescription r all done.. she sleeps with me n my elder sister.. she wakes up with me at around 6 n we both go 4 a walk.. sometimes she makes me breatheless because she runs real fast.. hehe.. i have sent u some pics of fluffy n my another pet JAMBO.. i m real grateful to u 4 letting me have fluffy.. thanx alot..

Life holds great surprises, for humans, and for canines. Who would think miserable Fluffy would end up like a diva sleeping with two dog crazy sisters?

No Face Gets a Face (and a Family)

Scruffy came on our path on an auspicious day. When driving towards the house of our chair Dr NPS Karki in Baneshwor forAnimal Nepal’s first new board meeting, our secretary Manoj Gautam noticed a ‘faceless’ puppy. At first Manoj was not sure it was a dog. He looked more like a mix of a baby monkey and a marmot. So there it was, Scruffy.

We’ll probably never know what happened to Scruffy. Did someone throw acid at him? Did he develop a skin problem on his face and kept on scratching until there was no hair left on his face? What we do know is that Scruffy is terrified of water and doesn’t want anyone to touch his face.

After spending a few days with me I realised it would be better for ‘No Face’ to be in a quieter place. My other dogs, wanting to play, caused his sensitive skin to bleed, after which the wounds had to be cleaned, something Scruffy loathed.
Student Aditi Pandey fell in love with Scruffy as soon as she saw his pic. She took him home and spoiled him with vegetarian food and bones to chew on. He was treated with Ivermectin, antisceptic cream and supportive supplements. The result? Just look at him – a epitome of health and happyness.

Scruffy will remain with Aditi and her boyfriend. They form a great team. We wish them every bit of good luck!