One of our partner organizations is HART:
Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust www.hartnepal.org/
Hart operates from two bases in Nepal; Pokhara and Bharatpur.
Their work consists of welfare for stray dogs throughout the region
through population management, rabies control and sterilization.
Their mobile tent Clinique makes it possible to cover larger areas on the
countryside. Mobile clinics have been held in Kathmandu, Biratnagar,
and Illam in the east of the country. This annual round will be
repeated in 2013 and possibly extended if resources allow.
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 care in the community.
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. (Read more about the importance of rabies vaccination and human
health in our section here on giving a future; “rabies control and human health, under informational work). This level of
vaccination is achieved through a series of vaccination days and camps. 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.
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. HART contacts the Community Development Committee in each ward prior to work starting. He identifies responsible persons to care for non-owned animals after their operations.
Information and awareness campaigns
HART does not operate a sanctuary but works constantly to improve and encourage care in the community. HART also do informational work with educational program at schools and public awareness campaigns.
A large part of coping with stray problems is to educate the community to take action themselves. Aid from the outside world can only cope with the most serious cases for a period of time while permenant change has to come from within. Many of the cruelties endured by animals in Nepal are due to lack of awareness of animals’ sentience. There are many issues to address and HART has focused its education programme in Pokhara on teaching basic facts about rabies and being a responsible dog owner.
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.
Giving a future will cooperate with HART and support their work both through donations and informational work.