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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

Dears Supporters,

 

As we all grappled with lockdown and disruptions due to the global pandemic, the team at HART in Nepal were able to think quickly and proactively to ensure they were still able to provide key support safely. 

 

The impacts of Covid-19 are far reaching, with the whole country of Nepal remaining in Lockdown for over 2months. Many essential services also ceased in the interests of public safety and disease control. 

 

Despite the lockdown orders, HART staff continued to receive distress calls from the local community about injured and sick animals. After gaining approval of local authorities, the team were able to work in a very reduced capacity, often triaging over the phone and providing veterinary telehealth. 

 

A large awareness campaign was also started, encouraging the local community to care for and leave food out for the many community animals, who rely on people to leave food scraps or plates of rice at their shop front or door step. As virtually no one was moving around outside in the community the rate of injuries from cars or motorcycles requiring surgery were quite low. Scheduled neutering and vaccination camps were postponed meaning that the later half of the year will be jam packed for all the staff involved. 

 

Construction  work on a new, larger and more equipped work site for HART was also halted during this time. However in recent weeks a border fence and base internal structure has started to take shape. The new site will house more injured animals in large kennel spaces, allowing adequate rehabilitation until they are able to return home.  

 

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 Vets

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Dear Supporters,

 

HART continues  their committed work in Nepal and there is no better example than the MARV campaign. MARV refers to the Mass Anti-Rabies Vaccination campaign that is an integral part of their operations and so far this year a committed campaign has taken place in the Pokhara region.

 

This year, the team has already conducted a MARV campaign in the Pokhara region. In the first month they vaccinated 702 dogs and covered wards 1 to 13 of the Pokhara Metropolitan. 

 

Rabies is endemic in Nepal.  This means that there are always some cases of rabies present in some animals in Nepal. HART works tirelessly to combat the spread of this disease and their MARV camps are a crucial part of their work.   HART's target is to vaccinate over 70% of the dog population as this is the level at which currently accepted statistics determine that the rabies risk to humans becomes minimal.   Each vaccination is recorded in HART's purpose-written mobile phone app. The ward is revisited until the statistics indicate that a minimum of 70% of dogs are vaccinated.

 

Education is a key to change and during the MARV campaigns staff also disseminate information on how to avoid rabies.

 

During these mass vaccination campaigns, the HART team also addresses the issues of unspayed female dogs.  During the campaign, any female dog that is found and is not spayed, is then brought to the clinic for neutering. They are neutered, microchipped and identified with a small notch on the left ear.   We know that controlling the dog population goes a long way to controlling the spread of disease, including rabies and so this process is essential in combating the spread of disease..

 

As well as these vaccination campaigns HART provides support for ill and injured dogs. The start of this year brought three particular success stories where three dogs were helped by Hart and then were adopted into supportive homes.  One dog was abandoned and suffering mange, one was found very ill and the other a victim of a car accident. The HART team supported these dogs to recover and now each of these dogs has been adopted. Adoption of dogs is not common in Nepal so it is great to hear the success stories of these three dogs.

 

HART continues their committed work in improving the lives of animals in Nepal, their results are impressive and their documentation through sites such as dog data are a testament to their professionalism.

 

We continue our work in supporting HART,  we are working together to plan some developments for their work space and  funds are crucial to keep these mass campaigns going and also to support those dogs with other issues and injuries.  As a guide, to how far your donation will go

  •   10    will deworm more than 40 dogs
  •    25   will provide anti-rabies vaccine for 60 dogs
  •    50   will provide suture materials for 20 dog spaying operations
  •    100 will provide anaesthetic for 130 operations

 

Thank you to all our donations, fundraisers and supporters!

 

With Gratitude,

 

Nepal Vets

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Dear Supporters,

 

For the past quarter HART have been busy delivering services to remote and regional areas of Nepal through their satellite neutering camps in two places of Eastern Nepal. The two places are Simara Gujara Municipality in Rautahat and Salleri in Dudhkundan Municipality, Solukhumbu.

 

A total of 38 dogs were neutered and vaccinated in the two-day Simara camp. 29 of them were female dogs, so this was a fantastic effort to manage dog populations. The camps were supported by donations from HART funders who were concerned about the condition of the animals in these areas. 

 

In the camp in Salleri in the remote Solu Khumbu region a total of 153 dogs were sterilized and vaccinated in a four-day camp. Due to the geography, finding a suitable place for surgery as well as catching the dogs proved to be a difficult undertaking. However, with the help from local authorities and the community members, the camp was a great success.

 

Early in October, a fundraiser held in Pokhara to help fund much needed resources for the annual neutering and vaccination that is due to take place in December and January in Pokhara. In excess of 600 dogs are vaccinated annually in the Pokhara Municipality alone, mainly against diseases such as Rabies and Pavo. At the same time any dogs which have not been neutered are done so as to continue to manage the dog populations.  

 

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

 

With Gratitude,

 

Nepal Vets

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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.

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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 

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Daniel Sitarenios
London, London United Kingdom

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