Free spaying camp at the Pokhara DLSO
Pokhara Sub Metropolitan City monitoring visits
Rescue & Treatment
DOG POPULATION MANAGEMENT,
RABIES CONTROL & ERADICATION,
ANIMAL WELFARE IMPROVEMENT
Dog Population Census & Community Questionnaire Survey
In order to achieve a stable and healthy street animal population it is necessary to gauge the number of animals requiring assistance and then to repeatedly re-count the population numbers to evaluate the effect of HART's intervention.
Currently the census concentrates on the dog population as there are far fewer cats in Nepal.
In addition a detailed survey of householders' attitudes to the animals in their midst is carried out annually. Around 600 questionnaires are completed for each town enabling HART to track the impact of its work from year to year.
This data is made available to our partner institutions.
Mass Anti-Rabies Vaccination
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.
The staff move into each ward of the cities in turn, walking through the streets and vaccinating animals whilst disseminating information on rabies avoidance.
During camps, which are held on holidays and during public events, the staff encourage any animal owner to bring their dog or cat (or fox, or monkey) for its check up and vaccination. Again on these occasions information about rabies avoidance is given out to all particpants.
Anti-rabies vaccination is repeated annually making this an expensive and time consuming element of the range of programmes.
This programme is designed to humanely reduce the stray, community and owned dog and cat populations to levels that are sustainable and acceptable to the community and to therefore end the use of poison to cull animals.
HART adopts Catch-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return protocols and does not retain animals on its premises. All are returned to their community.
Animals are normally monitored post operatively for 5 days by HART staff or until completely recovered.
The sterilisation operations are carried out:
Public Awareness & School Education Programmes
Many of the cruelties endured by animals in Nepal are due to lack of awareness of animalsí sentience. HART ran a WSPA designed schools programme in Pokhara in 2011 but, unfortunately, resources did not allow a repetition in 2012.
HART regularly distributes leaflets on the avoidance of dog bites and rabies information at public events and exhibits posters conveying its messages wherever possible.
HART also appears at municipal events frequently and uses local media, both radio and print, to improve public awareness regarding animals.
HART has worked hard to become an integral part of the two communities it serves and has signed Memorandums of Understanding with the local authorities.
Rescue & Treatment
Sick and injured animals are treated as necessary. Any animals needing extra nursing or medical care are retained until well enough to be returned to their owners or a designated carer in the community. HART does not operate a sanctuary but works constantly to improve and encourage care in the community.
The clinic in Pokhara charges small amounts to owners for vaccinations, medical supplies and operations in order to establish and re-inforce the bond between animal and carer.
Mobile Neutering Clinics
HART uses a mobile tented clinic to carry out sterilisation and health camps in areas where suitable premises are not available.
Mobile clinics have been held in Kathmandu, Illam, Bhadrapur, Biratnagar and Dolakha. Some are now in their third year of repetition.
There is a surge of demand for these clinics from municipalities and the public and planning is underway for expanding the concept.
Collaborative Working with Other Organisations
HART has now become an integrated part of the community of Pokhara and of Bharatpur. It is essential not to be viewed as a "parachute" charity, dropping in and then disappearing. This type of charity is understandably viewed cynically by the local residents who have seen many 'initiatives' come and go over the years.
An excellent working relationship has been established with AFU (Agriculture and Forestry University), the major veterinary college in Nepal.
HART also shares volunteers and programmes with AHTCS (Animal Health Training and Consultancy Services) another NGO based in Pokhara and focused on livestock health and management.
Similarly, volunteers and programmes are shared with Animal Nepal, based in Kathmandu and focused on dog and equine welfare and campaigning.
HART is an active member of AWNN (Animal Welfare Network Nepal), a coalition of most animal welfare organisations in the country.
The need for an alternative to surgical neutering has become more and more obvious as HART expands its work throughout Nepal.
Collaborative work is now underway with AFU, FERA and other international partners to determine the most effective non-surgical contraceptive for dogs.
Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust | House No 35, Gaurighat, Lakeside-6, Pokhara, Nepal | Govt Reg No: 248/066/067