Rescue & Recovery

Taking sick and injured dogs into the shelter for medical treatment and care, we work in consultation with Dr Ghimire and Dr Gautam of the Kathmandu Veterinary Clinic, who provide professional service with compassion and sensitivity.  Nutrition is a key factor in recovery and restoration of low immune systems - the dogs receive a balanced diet of freshly prepared food. The dogs are walked outside morning and evening, are free in the compound during the day, and secured in the kennels at night.  They are vaccinated and spayed/neutered when they regain health.

Return or Adoption:

We follow through with each dog until healthy and stable before making a decision on its future.  This depends on the dog’s time in care, age, ability to cope on the street, and whether it is returning to a caring neighbourhood situation.  For dogs that have a longer period of in-shelter care, careful placement in adoptive homes is preferred.

Rikki

19 November

A pathetic little creature bumbling along busy Saraswatinagar.  Weak and malnourished, with rickets, mange and internal parasites.  His forelegs were supported in splints.  Then Tetanus was diagnosed.  Treated at the clinic for 15 days, the vets thought Rikki’s chances were good.

  Rikki's forelegs were deformed by malnutrition and he developed tetanus.

25 November

With the onset of Tetanus Rikki’s body became completely rigid, jaws locked.  Unable to stand, move or eat, his mouth was forced open to dropper in liquids.  The first sign of recovery was opening his mouth and regaining use of his tongue to lap liquid food at head height.  Over the following days, Rikki is able to stand for a few moments at a time.  He regains head movement and gradually lowers his head to food at ground level.  His body, ears and tail remain rigid.

 

6 December

Rikki steps out like a weird little robot.  Poised with weight on his hind legs, he thrusts his forelegs out, only to lose his balance and crash forward.  Helped to his feet, he has the courage to keep trying.  By mid January Rikki has regained normal movement and responses.  Now playful and bright-eyed, he is growing a fine winter coat. 

A brave and resolute little dog.

With intensive treatment over a long period he recovered completely.

Rikki was adopted in November 2012.