One dog at a time

Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi, Jul 23 2016

The streets of Kathmandu—the city millions call home—are almost always full of life. Around every corner, amid every galli, you will find people from all walks of life. But these gallis are not just home to puny humans. These gallis are also home to a pack of a different kind—your ever-present friendly neighbourhood dogs.  You will see at least one in each of these winding lanes, without fail. 

These self-ruling dogs, however, need proper care and treatment. Along with proper vaccination and a hygienic lifestyle, measures such as spaying and neutering will not only keep their stray dog population in check but will also play a huge role in keeping these mutts free of diseases like uterine infections, breast tumours and cancer.  With an overwhelming number of dogs in each street and a limited number of animal agencies and shelters, it is tough to keep the health and population of these dogs in check. But a few organizations like Sneha’s Care are doing what they can to keep these little furry friends safe and happy—one dog at a time.

This is their story.

A member of Sneha’s Care holds a rescued dog before surgery.
 

The spaying begins by shaving off the dog’s belly.

 The dogs are carefully prepped before they go into the operation and extra effort is undertaken to ensure a successful outcome.

The surgeries are performed using a traditional open approach, which are performed through a ventral midline incision below the umbilicus.

After the surgery, the wound is bandaged securely to avoid infection.

The dogs are kept safe and warm in separate cells in the shelter to recuperate.

A team member plays with the spayed dogs, who stay in the centre until healed.

The dogs are treated with ointments under the team’s surveillance.

Once the dogs have recuperated, and have been administered proper rabies and distemper vaccinations, they are released in the same location where they were rescued from.
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