When Moti arrived at KAT Centre our team decided to immediately sedate him – temporarily putting him to sleep while being attended by our staff. This was done to reduce his stress and to relieve him from pain during the emergency surgery to repair his wounds.
After being sedated, Moti was taken to KAT’s operating theatre and prepared for surgery. His wounds were thoroughly cleaned with antiseptic fluid because of the obvious risk of infection, and the opening in his skin was sutured back together, the first stages of his healing process.
Moti needed hundreds of stiches and our senior veterinary surgeon Dr Bidur Piya was assisted by veterinary technician Ram Nagarkoti.
Despite how serious his wounds appear, Moti was in fact very lucky to have not received damage to his internal organs, and to have not lost more blood. He was especially lucky to have been rescued by KAT, too!
At first, the kind lady who had sent us the report, whose name was Lesley, had arranged for a local vet to treat the mother with IV fluid. Her wound was found to be infested with maggots and she was becoming very weak and emaciated. Despite her emergency treatment she couldn’t hold on and she passed away.
The locals reported that she had delivered a total of seven puppies, so that when she was found a total of four had already died.
Of the three remaining puppies, it was noticed that one was sinking and had begun excreting a green fluid. Despite the pressure on KAT and the fact that we had very limited space to take in more dogs at the time, we decided at this point to admit all three to our care.
One puppy died soon after being admitted, and a second was suffering from an unknown illness. We sent her for blood tests which came up clear for distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus (as well as rabies, of course).
Despite consultations with Dr Sushil, another respected Nepali vet, and the work of all of our team, and being placed on an emergency IV drip, this puppy sadly passed away too.
Thus, of the seven puppies originally born to the mother, four had died on the street, and two had died despite being given the best treatment available – only one was left: Dawa.
Time passed and although we were worried that Dawa’s health would fail as well, she continued to gain strength and pushed through. All the while, Lesley, who had originally rescued the dogs, was planning to adopt Dawa and bring her back to Canada. In fact, Lesley already had one Nepali street dog who she had previously adopted!
Due to the original uncertainties about her health and whether or not she would be fit to fly, it wasn’t until the 22nd of December that she began the journey to her new home. Dawa had been at KAT for a total of 10 weeks and would be arriving just in time for Christmas!
The flight to Canada was with Turkish Airlines with a transfer in Istanbul, the stopover and the flight totalling around a gruelling 40 hours. Despite this temporary hardship, she arrived safely and was collected by Lesley from the airport, from where she was taken home for some much needed rest.
Dawa’s story is bittersweet, highlighting the suffering and vulnerability of street dogs in Nepal, but also showing just how rewarding it is when we are able to help some of them – even just one. It also shows the potential for international adoptions, something that we have considerable experience in arranging. Please contact us if you would like to know more about this process.