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All Creatures Great and Small
In 2014 we at Animal Nepal took a ‘giant’ leap by including working elephants in our programme. After stray dogs and working equines, it was now the turn of these majestic animals to receive some special attention.
While writing this preface, we like to express our deep appreciation to our countless friends and volunteers, both within and outside the country. Thanks to you Animal Nepal this year was able to reach out to 2,385 dogs and 472 working equines. We also published “An Elephant is Not a Machine”, a survey into the welfare of safari elephants, providing us with a foundation to campaign for improving the lives of private sector working elephants.
Among the most visible successes of 2014 are:
- Signed an MOU with the municipality
- Build a new eco-friendly Donkey Sanctuary
- Campaigned against dog killing, elephant abuse and Gadhimai Festival
- Introduced World Donkey Day to Nepal
- Improved our visibility in the media
In 2014 we completed the construction of a new ecofriendly donkey sanctuary featuring a farm-like resort and education center. Due to some unresolved issues with the local community we have not been able to move the rescued donkeys yet, but hope to do so soon.
We continued the Catch, Neuter, Vaccinate and Release (CNVR) camps in villages in our working area, further reducing the number of sufferings stray dogs. Thanks to the intense education programmes for donkey owners and handlers, the death rate of equines in brick factories in Lalitpur decreased with 50 percent.
None of these achievements would have been possible without our staff. Thanks all of you for your hard work! Last but not least we want to thank our loyal international donors, who helped us reach out to countless suffering creatures, both great and small.
Thank you, everyone, for your ongoing trust, advice and support.
EQUINE OUTREACH PROGRAM 2014
In 2014 Animal Nepal continued its Working Equine Outreach Program through health camps in brick factories, equine owners' and handlers' workshops, and the rescue of injured and abandoned equines. A total of 1677 equine treatment cases were recorded in 2014.
This year proved to be a major milestone for Animal Nepal in the field of equine welfare. There were some notable changes in the lives of working animals at brick factories of Lalitpur. Among them are the decrease in death rate among ‘brick donkeys’ by 50% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to 2013. Other positive developments were the increase in the use of horses and mules compared to donkeys (respectively 35%, 42% and 20%; 3% of equines are foals). As horses and mules are at least eight times more expensive than donkeys, they are better cared for. Equine owners have started introducing carts or buggies, pulled by strong horses and mules in brick factories with a flat terrain. As a result of these developments, the presence of saddle wounds has decreased and the equines general condition improved.
Rescue the sick and abandoned:
This year Animal Nepal rescued total 10 equines. The major rescue was from Swet Bhairab brick factory, Bhaktapur. Seven severely sick and handicapped donkeys were rescued and taken to our donkey sanctuary for treatment after their owner abandoned them. Most common cases among them were blindness, lameness and neurological problem. We were not able to save one donkey, who suffered from partial blindness and multiple infections. However, the remaining four donkeys now live in a healthy and green environment at our Badikhel donkey sanctuary. Other 3 rescues were from Kathmandu, Satungal. All of them are sponsored through individual sponsors from Animal Aid Abroad and are called by their permanent names which they received through "Name a Donkey Auction".
Sundari, The blue eyed dog - Animal Nepal rescued Sundari from Sundharighat in a very critical condition. She suffered from advanced E-canis which caused weight loss and severe weakness. She also suffered from a bad mouth infection and had become blind in one eye. We had no hope that SUndari would make it. But after a month long medication, Sundari slowly began to revive. As soon as the infection in her mouth subsided she started eating a lot and totally overcame her disease like a miracle. She was then adopted by SEA Nepal children's home with two other dogs and bunch of loving kids.
Anup, The fastest runner - Anup was a very brave pup rescued from a car accident from Lalitpur. One of his front leg was badly wounded. Anup front leg had to be amputed . He was just a pup when he went through such a major surgery of amputation. After his surgery Anup satyed with us at our shelter for few months. We were really worried for him as people rarely adopts a hapdicapped dog. BUt finally we found an angel. Anup along with Junu (another pup from shelter) was adopted by Eriko Yoshida. Now Anup lives a happy life with his new mom! All thanks to Eriko!
Kalu, The lucky guy - Animal Nepal rescued Sundari from Sundharighat in a very critical condition. She suffered from advanced E-canis which caused weight loss and severe weakness. She also suffered from a bad mouth infection and had become blind in one eye. We had no hope that SUndari would make it. But after a month long medication, Sundari slowly began to revive. As soon as the infection in her mouth subsided she started eating a lot and totally overcame her disease like a miracle. She was then adopted by SEA Nepal children's home with two other dogs and bunch of loving kids. Kalu, 8months old, male pup, was abused by an elderly couple. Since Kalu kept pooping and peeing inside the house & destroying things he was beaten mercilessly. It was also suspected that the owners tortured him with electric shock. We found Kalu tied on the roof up-close to the side wall under a hot scorching sun which restricted his movement. When we suggested the owners to get him a dog trainer, they simply ignored by saying they have NO TIME to do such things! After concluding that they were not a responsible owners we took Kalu with us. Kalu has been adopted by a loving family and he is enjoying his new freedom.
Mox - Three years old Mox was the victim of a fight among equines at a Bhaktapur brick factory and suffered from a bended leg and multiple injuries. Animal Nepal’s veterinarians provided the hard working equine with medical treatments including painkillers, Vitamins and Neurobin injections. Comfortable bedding was provided to ensure his comfort. With regular follow up treatment and hoof trimming Mox' front leg slowly recovered but still suffered from bended front legs. Dr Koirala and Yadav decided it was time for electric laser massage therapy. The treatment continued for about four months. Mox then started to show rapid improvement and changes in his appearance. His body color changed from red brown to black. Today Mox' legs are completely recovered and the young mule is enjoying a comfortable life with other rescued ‘brick donkeys’ at the shelter.
Hella - Hella is 8 years old beautiful pony rescued from Bhaktapur Brick Factory. At the time of her rescue she suffered from a severe bacterial infection, saddle wounds and hoof problems. The owner was not ready to keep and treat her and we had no expectation that she would make it if abandoned. Hella was then taken to the Chobar Animal Shelter. The first few days were worst for Hella. She struggled to survive as our dedicated team kept eyes on her 24/7. After a month long medication Hella began to show improvements. Her feeding and appearance started getting better day by day. It's been almost a year since we rescued her and now Hella is fully recovered although she will always have a slight walking problem. She enjoys her new life with her few best friends at our Donkey Sanctuary. She was named 'Hella' by Bert Plusquin after the name of his partner through our Name a Donkey auction.
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