“The rubble of homes and shelters is everywhere. In the capital city of Kathmandu, makeshift tents and shelters stand in for homes. The Nepalis were just beginning to rebuild their homes when a second earthquake caused more death and destruction. As you can imagine, the animals are in very poor condition as well.
Hundreds of injured dogs were left behind by their owners, who had to evacuate in an effort to save their lives. The veterinary hospital in the area treated as many as they could, but many of them have serious injuries.
Multiple aftershocks remind the people of the possibility of a new disaster, causing a great sense of instability; when the ground itself is unpredictable, what can you trust? Some people, having lost so many family members and most of their assets, have reached a point where they can only focus on surviving.
The high levels of stress make it difficult for people to care for themselves or their animals, we even saw some injured people who had not received any help.
The same thing happens with animals. We visited a family who had a badly injured donkey as its home fell in on it during the earthquake. Unfortunately, the owners were in shock and refused our help.
Stress not only affects people, it also affects animals who are producing much less than usual. A cow that generated seven litres of milk a day now generates only one litre and buffaloes are producing 50% less milk.
This is mainly a cattle farming area and 90% of the people depend on their animals for their livelihood. After the earthquake, 60% of animals were affected. These animals mean everything to their families. We visited a woman and her buffalo, but the poor animal was so shaken up that when we tried to check him it kicked the lady and we had to rush her to the nearest clinic.
It´s not all bad news as some animals were saved thanks to the courage of their owners, as was the case of "Suertuda", a little goat in the Chautara municipality. She was the only survivor of a herd of twelve goats that were crushed from the rubble. She was saved by its owner, Bikisha Basnet, a twelve-year-old girl who put her own life at risk in order to save her goat.
Another story was Mr. Bahadun Besnel of Kavre district, who courageously saved his wife and son when their home collapsed. Bahadun had to dig for two hours to create an air space in the kitchen and bring out a little cow that was trapped underneath the house. This was the only survivor of their animals, which are everything to him and his family.
The World Animal Protection team is working hard to bring help and hope to the thousands of animals affected by this terrible emergency.
Though Nepal is far away for most of you, take a moment to think of the people and animals who need your help. Please donate today. Also remember to make an emergency plan that includes your family and animals, as it can save their lives and yours.”