Dear HART Supporter,
News from Pokhara
The new facilities for animal welfare, built in the DLSO compound, were inaugurated on 11th November at a ceremony attended by many well wishers, colleagues and local dignitaries.
The tragic loss of life on the Annapurna Circuit has overshadowed a busy trekking season and given rise to much soul searching by governmental and tourist agencies.
Kathmandu has seen a rush of beautification measures in advance of the SAARC Conference plus an increase in the normal traffic jams.
The campaigning work by AWNN (Animal Welfare Network Nepal) against the horrors of the animal sacrifice at the Gadhimai Festival reaches a climax on the 28th and 29th November.
Meanwhile at HART:
Dr Prakash Raj Shrestha, Regional Director of Livestock Services, cut the ribbon to officially open the building.
Addresses were given by Khageshwaar Sharma, Dr Rakesh Prajapati (head of the Pokhara DLSO), Mr Nirmal Man Singh Bhandari (Environment Section Officer of Pokhara Sub Metropolitan City) and by Mr Tony Brown from the UK.
Volunteers from Global Vision International helped decorate the fences and provided wonderful moral support.
We were especially gratified to receive some very positive notes of appreciation from Pokhara residents.
Holly and Hugh Simon, vets from the UK, gave four weeks of their time and much effort and expertise assisting HART as the new facilities were established.
They worked in conjunction with HART's Dr Surendra and their dedication has helped save lives and relieve suffering for many animals in Pokhara.
They will be very much missed and we wish them well for the rest of their Asian tour.
May we also thank GVI volunteer, Ms Kate O'Mahony for all her tireless work in helping us.
The annual census of Pokhara's dogs is continuing over the next few weeks.
The aim of this programme is to provide data to evaluate the effect of HART's work in the town. It gives an estimate of the dog population, of it's general state of health and of the percentage of animals neutered.
This year the census is mainly being carried out using an internally developed app for smartphones which speeds the process and negates the need for data inputting.
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News from Bharatpur
The team at Bharatpur are working their way through the town neutering around 20 to 25 female dogs every week.
On top of this ongoing schedule, cases are referred from the DLSO vets if they require a little more help. Plus, now that HART's presence in Bharatpur is continual, local pet owners bring their animals for diagnosis and treatment.
The town is visibly growing and it is a great pleasure to be able to work with its animals to avoid the sad consequences of too many pups and not enough people to care for them.
Our recently completed 2014 dog census indicates that 66% of the town's roaming female dogs have been spayed by HART. This is a valuable increase from the 48% recorded during the 2013 count and demonstrates the steady progress we are making in Bharatpur.
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Dr Maiju Tamminen was able to work in Sauraha with Dr Sirjan Bastola in early October to investigate the conflict between roaming dogs and the wildlife in the community forest which led to the dog culling campaign earlier in the year.
They interviewed all parties with interests in the dog population and the wildlife population.
Their recommendations will be followed up as soon as possible.
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Kiran Horwich and her father Lee were brave and generous enough to run the 2014 New York Marathon to jointly aid HART and the RNIB.
Conditions were freezing and windy, and quoting from Lee:
"The 59th Street bridge was like running in a wind tunnel - and a long one at that."
Their effort and stamina are admirable and we very much appreciate their help.
Could you be inspired to a similar fund-raising event....?
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JustGiving and Vodafone have kindly provided us with a JustTextGiving facility.
This enables you to make a text message donation of £2, £5 or £10 to HART, directly from your mobile phone.
Just send a text to 70070 saying HART01 plus your chosen amount of £2, £5 or £10 eg HART01 £5
All text donations are free, and won't come out of any inclusive texts you have as part of your price plan - even if you're not with Vodafone. You just pay the cost of your donation.
Or, if you have a QR reader, simply scan this QR code to prepare your phone for sending £5 to HART.
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A little goes a long way in Nepal. For example, your £5 would provide anti-rabies vaccines to protect more than 10 dogs for a whole year.
Please help if you can.
Very many thanks for your continued support
If you would like more information about our work, please visit our website or contact our Director, Mr Khageshwaar Sharma, at firstname.lastname@example.org