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Nepal Community Dog TNR Project 尼泊爾社區狗隻絕育計畫
1)309 Community Dogs Sterilised and Vaccinated against Rabies
This year, we successfully completed sterilisation surgeries and rabies vaccination for 309 community dogs in the city of Lalitpaur, which is an increase of 50% over the number of dogs we operated on last year. What makes us even happier is that they were mostly female dogs totalling 212 females (97 were males), which is more effective in terms of controlling the number of dogs.
雖然尼泊爾人普遍對社區狗友善，但當狗隻生病或受傷時，因著欠缺知識和資源，他們往往未能加以救助，因此，社區狗並不會像我們家中的寵物犬那麼幸運，往往不會獲得治療。這也再一次說明為何推行TNR是治本的手法。今年，在兩星期的絕育計劃期間，我們共處理了4個狗女的性病腫瘤 (TVT), 2個子宮蓄膿(Pyometra)以及一1個幼犬大腿骨折的個案。我們慶幸及時找到牠們並作出適當治療，這可說是我們在進行 TNR 計劃的同時的小小 ‘bonus’.
2） Saved our furry friends’ lives in time
Although Nepalese are generally friendly to community dogs, when dogs are sick or injured, they often failed to rescue and treat them because of lack of knowledge and resources. Community dogs are not as lucky as our pets at home, and often do not get any treatments. This illustrates the importance of using TNR to target the original source of the problem. During the two-week sterilisation program this year, we treated 4 female dogs with Transmissible Veneral Tumor (TVT), 2 female dogs with Pyometra, and 1 puppy with broken thigh bone. We are so glad that we found them in time and provided appropriate treatments. This was a small ‘bonus’ for us while we were delivering the TNR program.
3) Pursue the most humane methods of catching and transportation
Neutering procedure is no doubt the core element of humane dog population management through the Trap-Neuter-Return program. However, the other two elements of ‘catching and returning’ aren’t often got enough emphasis as is neutering. One of the main uniqueness of the Home Street Home Project is that we pursue the most humane handling throughout the whole process. Because of that, we have revolutionised the way of catching in Nepal by introducing an animal trap since last year’s program, which greatly reduces the stress put on the dogs during the catching process. In addition, for the safety and comfort of the dogs in transportation and our care, our volunteers carried dozens of sturdy individual dog cages from Hong Kong to Nepal, which accounted for hundreds of kilograms of luggage to take overseas. It was a rather complicated logistical task that showed our determination to adhere to our goal to run the TNR program in the most humane manner. We are also convinced that even in developing countries, we can deliver high-quality TNR programs.
Hong Kong's most active organisation in running TNR programs Animal Friends continued to support the dog sterilisation program in Nepal this year. Their two founders, Jessie Ng and Phoebe Lo, flew to Nepal and got their hands dirty with other volunnteers together. From them, volunteers and the local organisation have learned a lot of techniques how to catch and handle dogs in much more humane ways, which opened our eyes. Here, we also would like to say thank you to Animal Friends for donating a large number of inividual dog cages and some medical consumables.
4) Hong Kong organisation Animal Friends continued to support
回想在 2017年，慶幸有兩位香港青年在看報導後專誠飛往尼泊爾協助我們在當地的第一次絕育計劃。至去年，我們的團隊增長至10名義工(包括計劃發起人)。而今年，參與義工人數繼續增長，共有9位獸醫專業背景以及8位非獸醫專業背景的義工參與。沒有了他們的無私奉獻，我們是無法取得今年的成果。話雖如此，縱使有十多人的團隊， 在兩星期內捕捉、絕育並放回300頭社區狗絕不輕鬆。我們希望我們的團隊於未來繼續壯大，如果你是動物愛好者，又或希望體驗一次另類的旅行方式，我們在此誠邀你加入我們的團隊，請按此填寫義工申請表格，我們會很快與你聯絡。
5) The number of volunteers has reached a new high
Recall that in 2017, we were fortunate enough to have two young men from Hong Kong to assist us in our first TNR program. They flew to Nepal after hearing about our program from the media. Till last year, our team grew to 10 volunteers (including the project founder). This year, the number of participating volunteers continued to grow. A total of 9 volunteers from a veterinary professional background and 8 from non-veterinary professional background participated in this year’s program. Without their selfless dedications, we would not be able to achieve this year's outcome. Having said that, even with a team of more than 10 people, it was still a very demanding task to catch, neuter and return 300 community dogs in two weeks’ time. In the future, we hope that our team will continue to grow stronger. We sincerely invite you to join our team if you are an animal lover and would like to experience a unique way of traveling. Please click here to fill out the Volunteer Application Form and we will be in touch with you soon.