Nepal: free clinics for injured animals

Posted on 11 June 2015 by

Fiona Dunn

in the Animals in disasters blog

Your support is helping fund temporary vet clinics for the sick and injured animal victims of the Nepal earthquakes.

When the biggest earthquake in 80 years hit Nepal on the 25 April, we immediately deployed to help the animals and communities in desperate need of aid. Thanks to your support, our vets were on the ground within days, treating as many wounded and sick animals as they could reach. 

When the unthinkable happened and another earthquake struck two weeks later, we asked for your help to raise emergency funds – to get back out to Nepal and help the already devastated communities and their animals. 

Thank you so much to those of you that supported our appeal. Your donations have helped set up temporary vet clinics in some of the worst-hit areas. We wanted to share some new pictures of the animals your support has been helping at one of the clinics in Sanga Chowk Village:

Petari the goat (whose name means ‘white spot’ – because of the white sport on her side) was injured when a piece of aluminium fell on her during the earthquake. Her owners, brother and sister Dev Lal Katri and Sanrani Katri brought her to the clinic for treatment. Sadly, they lost eight of their goats in the earthquake, but thanks to your support and the expert care of our volunteer vets, Petari, at least, has survived.  

Sanrani Katri with her goat Petari

38 year-old-Ramila Srestha lost three of her goats in the earthquake and was very worried about her nine-month-old goat, pictured here. The young goat seemed unwell and was showing signs of fever, but thanks to your support received a full health check and was given the medicine she needed. 

Ramila Srestha with her nine month old goat at the clinic

The temporary clinics treat animals that are either already ill or at a higher risk of becoming ill – due to stress brought on by the disaster. This three-year-old goat was brought along by her owner Radhu Aryal to be checked over for signs of illness or injury.

A clinic worker treating a goat

Aid is needed just as much in the weeks following disaster as it is after the initial aftermath. These temporary clinics are a vital part of our long-term response to care for animals and help communities get back on their feet now that the initial danger has passed. In the last week, we’ve reached more than 2,000 animals and aim to reach more than 20,000 within the next two weeks.

One local man, 81-year-old Bahkta Bahadur, who had accompanied his family and neighbours to the clinic, said: "Thank you World Animal Protection. The help you have given us is exactly the help we and our animals need”. 

People in Nepal are thanking us, but we must pass on that thanks to you, our loyal supporters, as without your kindness, none of this would be possible. 

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