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Low cost clinic
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Visitors to the clinic
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Preparing for surgery at the clinic
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Owner consultation at the clinic
Outreach work
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Collecting a patient on the Everest Basecamp trail
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Conclusion of a successful outreach camp
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Spaying operation during outreach
Training & Collaboration
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Celebrating the end of a training programme at AFU
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Raising awareness of good animal care
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Reaching schools during an outreach programme
Mass anti-rabies vaccination
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The teams methodically go through every street in the town
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The outskirts of the town are also vaccinated
Rescue & Treatment
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An injured dog receives treatment
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Continuing nursing care for an animal in need
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Emergency treatment

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Dog Population Management, Rabies Control & Eradication,
Animal Welfare Improvement

HART's programmes are designed to improve the welfare of as many animals as possible throughout Nepal using a systematic approach which takes advantage of both digital technology and the kindness of local communities.

Dog Population Census & Community Questionnaire Surveys

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HART carries out all its census activity using specially created apps which record details of each animal seen and can take account of the "hidden" animals not seen on a first pass and thus produce realistic population estimates.
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-assess the population numbers to evaluate the effect of HART's intervention.

HART carries out all its census activity using specially created apps which record details of each animal seen and can take account of the "hidden" animals not seen on a first pass and thus produce realistic population estimates.

Additional surveys using phone apps are carried out to determine the attitude of householders to the animals in their community. These surveys can be tailored to answer specific questions such as awareness of rabies prevention strategy.

Mass Anti-Rabies Vaccination

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Our smart-phone Mass Anti-Rabies Vaccination app records numerous details about the dog, including its GPS location.
HART's target is to vaccinate over 70% of the dog population in a given area as this is the level at which currently accepted statistics determine that the rabies risk to humans becomes minimal.

This level of vaccination cover in any town is achieved by walking through each ward injecting all the un-immunised animals found.

Each jab 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.

During the programme staff disseminate information on how to avoid rabies.

In order to retain immunity against rabies the mass vaccination of dogs should be repeated annually. Eventually this process could be taken over by public health authorities.

Sterilisation

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Neutering in progress at the clinic
This programme is designed to restrict the number of new animals coming into the community.

The aim is to humanely facilitate an animal population that is at an acceptable level to the community, is disease-free and is never subjected to culling.

HART uses a mixture of animal birth control (ABC) techniques. Some dogs are collected from the streets, evaluated, neutered, treated where needed and returned to their territory when fit enough. Some dogs are brought to clinics by carers and are neutered in return for a nominal contribution towards the costs.

Both males and females are neutered but programmes have traditionally focused more on female sterilisation.

Public Awareness & School Education Programmes

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Children are receptive and eager to learn
Many of the cruelties endured by animals in Nepal are due to lack of awareness of animals' sentience.

At public events HART regularly distributes leaflets providing information on the avoidance of dog bites, rabies, and responsible pet ownership and exhibits posters conveying its messages wherever possible.

Staff frequently appear at municipal events and local media, both radio and print, are used whenever possible 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 both local authorities.

A schools programme in Pokhara has gradually expanded over the years. When possible the schools programme is also included in outreach camps.

Rescue & Treatment

Street and community animals are prone to disease and injuries, more often than owned animals. HART's Rescue and Treatment programme aims to alleviate the pain and suffering of these sick and injured animals on the streets. They are treated as necessary following alerts from the public, locals and tourists. Any animals needing extra nursing or medical care are retained in the clinic and nursed back to health. Once well enough, they are returned to their territories or a designated carer in the community. HART does not work as a sanctuary and strongly encourages the involvement of the community in taking care of the animals around them.

HART is the only provider of emergency veterinary care in its base towns and thus carries great responsibility.

Low Cost Clinics

In Nepal, not all people are in a position to cover the cost of the treatment when their animals are sick. As a consequence animals are abandoned in the streets adding to the population and causing much suffering to individuals.

HART provides low cost vet treatment for owners alongside sterilisation and vaccination. Some owners use hormone injections to contracept their dogs leading to internal disease.

The long term goal is to generate ownership responsibility towards animals as well as to ensure that none remain uncared for in the community.

Outreach Work

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Neutering during outreach under canvas
HART carries out temporary neutering camps throughout Nepal. The mobile camps vaccinate and sterilise animals brought in by owners and also dogs collected from the streets that do not have owners.

These clinics are held at the request of local authorities who are aiming to transition to humane management of their street dog populations but who do not have technical resources.

If at all possible, the neutering camps must be repeated annually in order to retain both anti-rabies immunity and to maintain animal health and sterility.

There is great demand for these clinics throughout Nepal and lack of resources restricts their further development.

Collaborative Working with Other Organisations

HART has now become an integral part of the communities of Pokhara and of Bharatpur. These communities have seen many "initiatives" come and go and are understandably sceptical about those that do not sustain their presence year on year.

An excellent working relationship has been established with AFU (Agriculture and Forestry University), the major veterinary college in Nepal, and many collaborations occur, including the provision of a HART vet student bursary.

HART assists the One Health Foundation in its work to provide surgical training on dogs and cats for trainee vets

HART is an active member of FAWN (Federation of Animal Welfare Network Nepal), a coalition of many animal welfare organisations in the country.

Research

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The need for an alternative to surgical neutering has become more and more obvious as HART expands throughout Nepal and links are in place with researchers at the forefront of the development of chemical birth control for animals.

The website dogdata.uk has been set up to facilitate the exchange of data between all potential stakeholders in the field of animal welfare.