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 Animals  Nepal Project #18247

Giving Animals Hope in Nepal

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
Giving Animals Hope in Nepal
Giving Animals Hope in Nepal
Giving Animals Hope in Nepal
Giving Animals Hope in Nepal
Giving Animals Hope in Nepal
Giving Animals Hope in Nepal

Over the last 3 months, monsoon rains have battered the local animals and seen a rise in skin infections.

Monsoon season is when rain lashes the countryside in Nepal. Even though rainfall was lower than normal this year, that didn't stop the increased need of animals, especially street dwelling community dogs, from requiring support from our partner Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART). 

HART have responded to and received a larger than normal amount of call outs from concerned community about dogs with mange (a serious skin infection). This tends to flare up in hot, damp, humid conditions, typically the climate in monsoon. Limited shelter and lack of dry sleeping spots for dogs means that these conditions worsen without treatment and can take a long time to heal. HART is able to treat affected dogs on the street in community with injections, but also has a limited supply of oral medication which can be administered by community members. A total of 50 dogs have been rescued in Pokhara and Bharatpur during this period and treated for a number of differing ailments.  

Throughout the quarter, more than 800 children across 4 school have been involved in HART's community education and awareness program, of which 3 GVI volunteers have assisted to facilitate. They engage in a facilitated session with the focus on the work of HART, responsible pet ownership and awareness of issues facing animals. 

HART's community education officer was also involved in 3 separate private sessions with our Under 18 groups and other school group. The students were able to hear about the work that HART does in eradicating rabies across regions of Nepal, as well as spreading awareness about the ethical treatment and response to animals. These are important seminars as it broadens the students awareness of the broad range of issues facing Nepali communities. 

HART is in the process of relocating to a new site to run their operations out of. It is a large space with lots of land, but requires a significant amount of setting up. It is an exciting time for HART as they shift into gear and continue to grow the reach of the organisation.

As the year continues we are reminded of the generosity of so many people who chose to work alongside us. By choosing to support our work, you not only provide financial assistance to the projects, but you bolster the hope and belief amongst the community that they deserve to be supported and given opportunities. It inspires staff to continue striving for better and reminds all of us of the power of generosity. We look forward to welcoming new and existing funders into our journey for the rest of the year.

Dear Supporters,

We were delighted to be able to support some of the HART staff with training on the topic of Research and Design recently. New skills and understandings are an invaluable part of personal and professional development. We were also able to support with  the practicalities of providing resources and supplies to support HART’s work.

Veterinary supplies including medications and bandaging can be expensive and difficult to access.  We were recently able to fund supplies for the HART team including oral medication. One of the advantages of having access to oral medications for animal’s post-treatment is that the families can manage the post care of their animal from home rather than needing to make a long journey bring back to the clinic for injections.  It’s much more time effective and also leads to less stress on the family and the dog being treated.

We recently hosted Dr Bryan McAllister from the US. We were pleased to be able to sponsor some of the HART staff to be part of the experience.  Bryan’s specialty is research design. He had the opportunity to meet with some of the vets from HART for small group sessions as well as two of the HART staff being able to join the week long workshop. This led to some great enthusiasm and increased understanding of research.  HART do some great work with Research including their dog population survey and we hope that the information from the workshop will help them to add to this great work. The other aspect of the workshop is that it brought together people working across various NGOs in Nepal so the networking that took place is something that can be ongoing for the staff team.

HART continue all of their great work in the field with ongoing vaccination and neutering camps as well as  school awareness programmes

Your donations make all of this work possible.  A small donation can purchase a vet wrap that helps a dog recover from injury more effectively, or medication that decreases pain for the animal following treatment. Staff training is so important and can lead to improved outcomes for the animals and we were pleased to be able to offer this opportunity for the staff.  All goes towards improving the lives of animals in Nepal.

WIth Gratitude, 

Nepal Animals 

Dear Supporter, 

Education is such a key part of change and Anjani the Communications Officer from HART certainly does her part in ensuring that locals as well as visitors to Nepal are familiar with the role of HART as well as the issues they work to address. Meanwhile HART’s field team continues to do their work in improving the lives of animals in Nepal.

HART play such a significant role in the communities in Pokhara controlling the population of dogs in the area is one of their key outcomes. If the dog population can be controlled then also the spread of disease can be controlled. Rabies, Parvo and Distemper being three of the main diseases that HART seek to control.

Anjani has joined our group on several occasions for a workshop, outlining the importance of HART and their role. Anjani explained HART’s approach, CNVR : Catch, Neuter, Vaccinate, Release which allows dogs to be vaccinated and immunised but then they are released back into their own community. It is generally not the role of HART to be housing the dogs once they are neutered, releasing them back to their own community is the most effective approach.  One of the interesting things about the neutering process is that the incision is made on the side rather than under the dog. This helps reduce the risk of infection during the dogs recovery period. This way they are not lying on their wound and getting dirt and particles

Some of the recent records for HARTs work in the Pokhara area are;

WARD 10

Estimated Dog population 104

Total vaccinations 81

% of dogs vaccinated 77.9

WARD 11

Estimated Dog population 75

Total vaccinations54

% of dogs vaccinated 72

Ward 12

Estimated do population 64

Total vaccinations 54

% of vaccinated dogs 84.4

Ward 13

Estimated dog population 61

Total vaccinations 50

% of dogs vaccinated 82

Ward 16

Estimated dog populations 91

Total vaccinations 73

% of vaccinated dogs 80.2

Importantly Anjani also shared stories of animals in the community and some of the struggles that come with communities in Nepal understanding and being able to care for animals. Through school awareness programmes, the awareness of Animals Rights is becoming more understood and certainly there are many locals who have a high standard of care for their animals. As visitors to Nepal it’s important for us to understand and realise that people’s challenges with animals are quite different to our own.    

Access to resources can be an and in Nepal.  We were able to bring a range of elastic bandaging from Australia for the Hart team to use in their day to day work.  Whilst they do have access to many of their necessary resources, items such as elastic bandging is difficult to access here so we were pleased to be able to help out the team with their supplies.

HART continues their fantastic work throughout Nepal and their continued work means increased health and safety for both animals and humans.  In the future we plan to continue supporting their work with supporting the purchase of supplies, funding neutering and education programmes and helping HART to spread the word about animal rights through their school programmes.

 

With Gratitude, 

GVI Nepal

Animal Welfare

Dear Supporters, 
The team at HART continue their amazing work improving the lives of animals in Nepal. Their vaccination and neturing programmmes continue, for example, the team set up in the area of Birtamode and 201 dogs (107 male, 94 female) were neutered and vaccinated in just the first five surgery days. This is amazing work that certainly makes a difference. 
October and November brings the festival time in Nepal and one of the special celebrations is Kukar Tihar. This is the day dedicated solely to the celebration and pampering of dogs for their cherished relationship with humans. HART hosted a celebration for our canine friends and the dogs were blessed with tikka and garlands.This was a time not only to acknowledge our furry friends but also to give credit to the work that the HART team do for the community. One just needed to look around at the dogs that were present on the day to see the amazing work the team does. There were dogs recovering from surgery, some who had needed amputations, some who were recovering from mange and wounds and some just simply lacked care and so were brought to the HART base for help. All of these dogs were on the road to recovery thanks to the team at HART. Some of us also brought along our pet dogs for the celebration, we are thankful to HART for providing the service of being able to bring our dogs along and keep their vaccinations up to date and ensure we are responsible dog owners.
HART also has a community officer who primarily educates in schools however did a fabulous session for a group of volunteers. She talked about the issues facing animal welfare in Nepal as well as explaining the work that HART does on a daily basis to bring about change in the lives of animals.  Education is the key to change and this programme not only informed the volunteer group but also is part of the bigger education programme which strives to ensure students in schools develop a greater understanding of how to respect and care for animals. Anjani's role in educating students is critical if we are to see improved understanding of animals in Nepal.
Education in schools as well as the vaccination and neutering programmes will continue into the winter months here in Nepal and with our continued support we can work together towards improving the lives of animals here in Nepal. There are thousands of dogs in Nepal that call the streets their home and have no one to take care of them when they often fall sick or get injured. Our continued support of HART will ensure there is some support available.

All our best, 

GVI Nepal 

Dear Supporters,

HART continues it’s great work on educating students in the local Pokhara area. The aim is for students to learn about different dog behaviours and students also learnt to protect themselves from dog bites. The lessons are fun and interactive and led my HARTS Communications Officer, Anjani, whose passion and enthusiasm motivates the students enormously. Teaching children about Animal Rights and ensuring people and animals can work together in harmony is important and HART has reached over 100 students in the past month. The team measures the students’ progress of understanding with a pre and post-est.  It’s great to see how much students’ knowledge improves just in a 45 minute session and if this new learning is then passed to others there can be a significant improvement in the lives of animals in Nepal.

No babies, no rabies” is HART’s motto and their neutering and vaccination programmes continue in the Pokhara area and an average of 5-8 dogs are neutered each day. Controlling the dog population controls the spread of disease. Running this programme requires funds and donors contribute to the purchase of  vaccinations, sterliising equipment, swabs, syringes, needles and the list goes on. All of these things make the projects possible and are much appreciated by the team at HART. Funds to HART can truly make a difference. In the past quarter HART has purchased beds for dogs which certainly makes lives of the animals more comfortable, especially when they are recovering from injury or illness.

HART is becoming more and more well known as a place for locals to take dogs in need of care. Just today our taxi driver was explaining how he often brings dogs to HART that he finds hurt or injured.  It’s great for the community to have this facility and it means that people have the opportunity to “do something” when they come across an animal that needs attention rather than having a feeling of helplessness or needing to attend to the animal themselves without expertise.

By supporting HART we are supporting the stories of many dogs who may otherwise be left to fend for themselves often resulting in them not surviving. 

With Gratitude, 

GVI Nepal Team 

 

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