Sep 24, 2018

Have a HART: Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (Part Two)

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Our new baby Tux tells it like it is.
 In part two of my post on HART (Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust), I'll be sharing with you the first ever feline sterilization day held at the clinic! Our tomcat Spotty was one of the patients being surged upon here in Pokhara. The Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust works to improve the lives of animals throughout Nepal with public education, rescue, treatment, neutering, and anti-rabies vaccination clinics daily.

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No dogs were scheduled to be seen that day at the facility due to potential conflict with feline patients. There were a few canine malingerers outside in the clinic courtyard like this sad fellow wearing his "cone of shame" though.

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And the kitties began arriving for surgery in baskets, bags, and blankets! The only other time there had ever been anything like a kitty sterilization day was in 2010 when HART had just started and we begged them to neuter all 5 of our cats. Back then HART was so busy sterilizing dogs they simply did not have time to deal with cats.

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This lady brought her beloved cat to be spayed in a shopping bag. No Problem! Whatever works!

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Soon the entire waiting area in the office was full of ladies and their cats! It was quite warm on this misty Monsoon morning in late July.  In total there were 5 female cats and two males brought in by their owners for sterilization. I was really amazed because keeping pets is a new thing South Asia and cats aren't particularly well thought of here.

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One by one all the kitties were sedated, shaved, and prepared for surgery. This cat is female so her belly and side have been shorn, washed, and swabbed with Betadine.

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The waiting room became a little jugaadi (make-do) post-surgery recovery room. Flattened cardboard boxes, old newspapers, old towels, and even the owner's shawls were used as blankets and mattresses. This is definitely a "no frills" sort of clinic but it got the job done!

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And then it was our Spotty's turn! He is put in a special cage to receive his injection for sedation. The red plastic coated bars are attached to the floor of the cage which can be lifted to press uncooperative patients' bodies against the side of the cage. When the cat is secured against the side of the cage for injection it is safer for all parties involved.

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It was really heartwarming seeing the love and genuine concern these "pawrents" had for their cats. The lady in the red sweater is the one who brought her cat in a shopping bag. She is cradling her female kitty who just came out of surgery with her shawl.

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A veterinary technician attended the little improvised post-op recovery unit. She oversaw the recoveries diligently.

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Spotty was the third cat to be operated on. Here he is getting his temperature checked by the technician. (He peed on the tech after having his temperature taken.) One other male cat and three more female cats where successfully sterilized that day! YAY!

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Spotty & Tux!
And here's our healthy, happy, and neutered Spotty fully recovered! He's hugging his newly adopted little brother Tux (short for tuxedo.) Tux had a bit of tummy trouble when we first brought him home from Catmandu Lovers Cat Hotel & Spa .  We took Tux for a visit with the vets at HART  and he was soon on the mend!

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The important work  Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust is funded solely by donations.  HART needs funds, equipment, expertise and a lot of hard work to make a lasting difference in animals' lives. An online donation can be made here.  Whatever gift you choose will help save animals from suffering and give them the treatment and care they need. Any qualified vets and vet nurses who can volunteer their time and expertise are more than welcome. To find out more about this, please contact Khageshwaar Sharma. If you are traveling to Nepal and can bring a few items, please contact Barbara Webb. The cost of shipping to Nepal is high and delivery is not always certain, so a kindly carrier can assist enormously. Please see HART's "wish list"  for items they always need.

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And meows too!
Any pawrents out there? Tell me about your furbabies!
And how are you on this second day of Autumn? 
We're still scorching at 93F/34C daily although the Monsoon rains have tapered off and balmy breezes have started.
 Bella ciao, Bibi ;)
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