Dear HART Supporter,
News from Pokhara
In addition to the outlying wards of Pokhara, HART has now started programmes in the adjoining Municipality of Lekhnath.
The rains have continued later than usual making conditions more difficult. Land slides are a sad but common news feature.
Expansion into the outlying wards has been slow.
The clinics have stayed open to receive animals in need of veterinary care.
This is a town of 18 wards, known as 'The City of Seven Lakes', which connects to Pokhara along the Prithivee Highway.
There have been sporadic rabies outbreaks in recent years and no sustained vaccination or neutering programmes have been used.
As this town is much smaller and less urbanised than Pokhara it was decided to obtain an estimate of the dog population by the use of door-to-door surveys.
100 householders were surveyed in each ward using a smart-phone app developed for the purpose.
A series of meetings with Lekhnath Municipality CEO, Mr Lok Bahadur Bhandari, were held to discuss extending programmes into his Municipality.
He arranged a presentation day with the Ward Secretaries and Tole Line Organisations from the 18 wards.
With the help of these TLO representatives the work in Lekhnath has now begun.
Meanwhile the task of vaccinating the outlying wards of Pokhara has continued.
Nirmalpokhari has now been designated as Ward 23 of Pokhara Sub Metropolitan City and our work there is close to completion.
This work has been enabled by the support of Dogs Trust and we are most appreciative of their help in reaching these new areas.
The Pokhara clinic has welcomed Hanie Elfenbien as a visitor from the US and here is her story of a day at the clinic:
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Volunteering with HART... my first day.
We got a call from a Temple caretaker that a dog had a bad wound.
We arrived at a beautiful Hindu temple overlooking the river to find a sad dog hiding in the back of a new construction area of the temple.
The dog had not been eating or drinking for several days and was reluctant to walk. He had an open wound between his toes on his back leg.
We elected to treat him on-site and leave instructions for follow-up care with the caretaker. After removing several maggots and cleaning the wound we gave the dog antibiotics and pain medication and left him to rest.
A few days later we returned to check on the dog. He was prancing around with no sign of pain, engaging with the caretaker and looking much healthier.
Coming from the USA, it's easy to forget how effective basic care can be. But, for this dog, it made all the difference.
Standing in at AFU
Michelle Connolly has supported HART for several months and has extended her stay in Nepal.
She is engaged in delivering a series of lectures to the 7th Semester veterinary students at AFU in accordance with their curriculum.
We are grateful to the AFU and in particular the Dean, Professor Sharada Thapaliya.
These will continue during the rest of the year.
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News from Bharatpur
In order to mark World Rabies Day on 28th September the Bharatpur team are holding a five-day mass vaccination project in Sauraha.
Suitable rooms have been provided by the Hotel Association and local resident Martina Manders is helping ensure that as many as possible of the dogs in the town are vaccinated. Any found unspayed will be noted and neutered at a later date.
We would also like to thank IVSA and Rotract Club for their collaboration
So far two schools have been visited and around 200 students given information on avoiding rabies and dog bites.
The programme is going well despite a day of torrential rain on Wednesday, 28th.
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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