Animal Rescue team in Nepal still encountering dogs left crippled, suffering

12 days after Nepal's devastating earthquake, the IFAW Animal Rescue team is still encountering animals like Kali that were left crippled, suffering, and in need.The historic 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Kathmandu and surrounding areas almost two weeks ago affected tens of thousands of humans and animals.

One of them was Kali.

Yesterday as our response team’s truck slowly rolled down the street, swerving to avoid the rubble of collapsed buildings, I saw a small dog wobbling along the street in the neighborhood of Sitapaila, not far away from the city’s famed ‘Monkey Temple’ at Swayambhunath.

We quickly stopped to see if we could help.

At first glance, it was easy to see that she had suffered a serious injury to her back right leg. I grimaced as I saw her move on three legs with the other dangling side to side.

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We soon met her owner Kalawati. She explained what had happened to Kali during the earthquake and how she was unable to offer her any help.

The veterinarian on our team, Dr. Anna Berg from Sweden, gently examined the leg and confirmed the fracture. Kali was immediately given medication to help with the pain and we started talking to her owner about next steps.

In the next few hours we arranged an appointment for Kali to have her leg x-rayed in a human clinic and planned to move her to the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Center (KAT), IFAW’s local partner agency for this disaster response, for further stabilization of the leg and treatment.

The x-rays confirmed what we had suspected; Kali suffered a complete break of her femur. The small broken ends were completely offset and there was no way it could heal on its own. She needed our help.

Throughout the ordeal, Kali remained incredibly calm. I know that if any of us had that kind of injury we would probably pass out from the pain, but she did not act aggressively toward us, strangers that had taken her to an unknown place. Instead, she lifted her paws as we tried to comfort her.

Kali has now started her long path towards recovery because she is now receiving the care she so desperately needed. The rest of that day was filled with more veterinary help given to other dogs and also cattle.

This devastating earthquake caused many crumbling walls to fall on top of animals and sadly 12 days after, we’re still encountering animals like Kali that were left crippled, suffering, and in need.

Please stay tuned for more updates from our teams providing emergency relief in Nepal.

Thank you for your continued support that allows us to offer this much needed helping hand for the people and animals of Nepal.  


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