Field Visits
 


  Field Visits

 

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22 and 29 April 2012

Summary of our field visits on 22nd and 29th April, 2012:

  • Places covered: Nayendahalli, Magadi Road, Azad Nagar

  • Number of animals treated for external wounds: 1 (Parinda)

  • Number of animals treated for musculo-skeletal disorder: 1 (Parinda)

  • Number of animals treated for Digestion-related problems: 1

  • Number of animals treated form pyrexia: 4

  • Number of animals covered as part of general check-up: 5

 

We are in a position to undertake such committed field visits, thanks to the monthly donation byThe Happy Donkey Sanctuary. The field visits on 22nd and 29th April were sponsored by The Happy Donkey Sanctuary . You could help us sustain our operations by sponsoring a field visit. For a sponsorship amount of only RS 3000 / 3500, you will help us cover about 11 -15 ponies in Bangalore, and a sponsorship amount of RS 4000 will help us reach out to towns outside Bangalore.

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Another Emergency Case, Another Life Saved

Samabhava has been busy since the last two weeks attending to both minor and emergency case as they, unfortunately, seem to be on the rise. On the night of 11-04-2012, our Managing Trustee Sandesh Raju received a call about a case of colic in a ceremonial Kathewari horse. He immediately rushed to the spot, and in a coordinated effort with our volunteer veterinarian, which lasted two hours, we finally managed to tackle a complex issue of "Impaction colic". Its condition was so bad that more than a litre of water just trickled down from its nose. The horse is out of danger.

Our heartfelt thanks, as always, to our volunteer veterinarian Dr. Ismail Jawad for helping the working equines of Bangalore in association with Samabhava.

We are in a position to attend to such emergency cases, thanks to the donation made by Philip Wollen and Trix Wollen of The Winsome Constance Kindness Trust, Australia. You could help us sustain our operations by sponsoring a field visit. For a sponsorship amount of only RS 3000 / 3500, you will help us cover about 11 -15 ponies in Bangalore, and a sponsorship amount of RS 4000 will help us reach out to towns outside Bangalore.

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Missing/Abandoned Dog Found

During our field visit on 08-04-2012, we came across a dog (Lhasa Apso) in Goripalya. We presume he is either abandoned or missing. If you know of residents of Goripalya, or the adjoining area of Vijaynagar and RPCC layout looking for their lost pet, kindly let us know.

At present, a few owners of working ponies and their friends are taking care of this dog. We will monitor his condition for about ten days, and if we find that he would be rather well off in a good shelter, adequate arrangements will be made to shift him to Krupa animal welfare shelter, Kengeri Satellite Town, Bangalore.

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8 April 2012

There is good news about the two emergency cases first attended on 31-03-2012. While you can see the gap in the neck wound on the pony is closing in, a Kathewari horse with probably a never-seen-before injury under its rectum area is also showing signs of improvement. As of now, we can say that both these animals are out of danger, and chances of infection setting in is indeed rare. While we are at our work since the last 10 days, we also witnessed the pony caretaker being a bit lackadaisical in his approach. And now, with reprimands and threats (real) he seems to have pulled his socks, and is constantly keeping an eye on his animal. If he fails to continue this momentum, the pony will be confiscated by Samabhava.

On 08-04-2012, we did have a regular field visit, and apart from following up on these two animals, we also covered other working equines of the city. Here are the details:

Summary of our field visit:

  • Places covered: Kalasipalya and Goripalya
  • Number of animals treated for external wounds: 3 (two follow-up)
  • Number of animals treated for musculo-skeletal disorder: 1
  • Number of animals treated for Digestion-related problems:2
  • Number of animals treated for Cough-related problem: 4
  • Number of animals treated form pyrexia: 2
  • Number of animals subject to tooth rasping: 1

 

We are in a position to undertake such committed field visits, thanks to the donation made by Philip Wollen and Trix Wollen of The Winsome Constance Kindness Trust , Australia. You could help us sustain our operations by sponsoring a field visit. For a sponsorship amount of only RS 3000 / 3500, you will help us cover about 11 -15 ponies in Bangalore, and a sponsorship amount of RS 4000 will help us reach out to towns outside Bangalore.

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Follow up: Pony with Neck Injury

We are constantly working on the pony with a deep lacerated cut on its neck ever since it met with an accident (For details, check here). Our Co-Founder and Managing Trustee, Sandesh Raju, ensures he attends to this pony on a daily basis, and administers the required medications following consultations with our veterinarians.

Having Zero employees and infrastructure does not deter us to shift our focus on providing the required timely services to our animals. Would like to reiterate the roles played by our volunteer veterinarian, Dr. Ismail Jawad and Dr. Pradeep Nagaraju, with whose help we are indeed making a significant difference to a few suffering animals.

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2 April 2012

Having dedicated and committed veterinarians in an NGO is the key to its success.

And we at Samabhava, are glad to have such veterinarians at our disposal round the clock. Our volunteer veterinarian (who is also our very important fund-raiser), took time off from his very busy schedule to attend to these two cases. Thanks to their presence, we can now undoubtedly state that the pony with a deep cut on its neck is out of danger, while the chances of the other horse surviving is guarded as of now. We shall continue to pursue both the cases under the guidance of our veterinarians, and will provide an update of their conditions at a relevant time. Besides this, we did cover a few ponies as part of our general field visit on 02-04-2012.

Here are the details.

Summary of our field visit

  • Places covered: Kalasipalya, Goripalya and Azad Nagar
  • Number of animals treated for external wounds: 3
  • Number of animals treated for musculo-skeletal disorder: 4
  • Number of animals treated for Digestion-related problems:1
  • Number of animals treated for Cough-related problem: 2
  • Number of animals treated form pyrexia: 3
  • Number of animals vaccinated against Tetanus: 2

 

We are in a position to undertake such commitment, thanks to the donation made by Philip Wollen and Trix Wollen of The Winsome Constance Kindness Trust, Australia, sponsoring this field visit. You could help us sustain our operations by sponsoring a field visit. For a sponsorship amount of only RS 3000 / 3500, you will help us cover about 11 -15 ponies in Bangalore, and a sponsorship amount of RS 4000 will help us reach out to towns outside Bangalore.

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Two Lives Saved

31st March, 2012 will probably go down in the history books of Samabhava. A working pony at Kalasipalya unfortunately met with an accident, and was bleeding profusely. The caretakers practiced their 'local' therapy soon after, only to discover the bleeding hasn't stopped. They called up Sandesh Raju, Co-founder and Managing Trustee, who in spite of being present 30 kms away from Bangalore wasted no time in reaching the spot at the earliest and do the required first aid under instructions from our veterinarian. In the absence of our intervention (or any other veterinary intervention for that matter), this pony would have surely bled to death.

The same day morning, a Kathewari horse, which had met with an accident close to Bijapur, arrived to Bangalore (for the lack of adequate veterinary services at Bijapur) in the hope that we would treat it successfully. This pony's inner part of the thighs were so deeply cut that one could actually see some of the internal organs through this cut (as evident in the photos). With the help of our Volunteer veterinarian Dr. Ismail Jawad and Dr. Pradeep Nagaraj, Sandesh administered the required first aid. In our Photo album, you will be able to see the actual treatment that was done for these two cases.

We are in a position to undertake such commitment, thanks to the donation made by Philip Wollen and Trix Wollen of The Winsome Constance Kindness Trust, Australia, sponsoring this field visit. You could help us sustain our operations by sponsoring a field visit. For a sponsorship amount of only RS 3000 / 3500, you will help us cover about 11 -15 ponies in Bangalore, and a sponsorship amount of RS 4000 will help us reach out to towns outside Bangalore.

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25 March 2012

While being content in providing temporary relief to quite a few working ponies during our field visits, our hope of ensuring certain best animal welfare practices are inculcated into the minds of the caretakers, in the long-term, often takes a beating when we encounter certain pony sheds, which are absolute horror for the inmates - excreta not cleaned on regular basis, uneven flooring, etc. In a few places, our suggestions/instructions have fallen on deaf ears, while relatively new caretakers (i.e. caretakers who have switched from some other profession to the carriage pony profession) take time to understand our exact intentions.

With such drawbacks at stake, we will gradually evaluate our interaction levels (frankly speaking, we have tried all available ‘diplomatic’ tricks, albeit some of them informally), and hope the change we wish to see at the end of 2014 is continually spreading to other pony sheds of the city. That said, we will continue our efforts, and will also look at the possibility of direct action once we have enough supporting logistics and infrastructure.

Summary of our field visit:

  • Places covered: Konanakunte cross, Banashankari (Ring road), Tannery Road, Goripalya flyover, Goripalya bus stand.
  • Number of animals treated for external wounds: 1
  • Number of animals treated for musculo-skeletal disorder: 2
  • Number of animals treated for Digestion-related problems:4
  • Number of animals treated for Cough-related problem: 4
  • Number of animals treated form pyrexia: 3
  • Others: 1 (diarrhea)
  • Number of animals vaccinated against Tetanus: 2
  • Number of animals dewormed: 8

We wish to thank Philip Wollen and Trix Wollen of The Winsome Constance Kindness Trust (www.kindnesstrust.com), Australia, sponsoring this field visit. You could help us sustain our operations by sponsoring a field visit. For a sponsorship amount of only RS 3000 / 3500, you will help us cover about 11 -15 ponies in Bangalore, and a sponsorship amount of RS 4000 will help us reach out to towns outside Bangalore.

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18 March 2012

We could not get any more busier with the resumption of our field visits. Not less than four ponies were diagnosed with Strangles - a deadly contagious disease similar to Canine Distemper in canines (http://www.cyberhorse.net.au/csl/strangles.htm). We have administered the required drugs (a magic homeopathy drug that has tremendous effect in controlling Strangles) while we continue to monitor the situation.

We are also pleased to inform you about our new veterinarian, Dr. Pradeep N, currently doing his Masters in Physiology at the Bangalore Veterinary college. We are thankful to Dr. Gururaj Perur for training our new veterinarian in equine healthcare as well as our volunteer veterinarian Dr. Ismail Jawad who responded to all our 'emergency' requests in the absence of our veterinarian. Besides the cases of Strangles, we also encountered other typical cases as mentioned below.

Summary of our field visit

  • Places covered: Konanakunte cross (Banashankari area), Banashankari, Krupa Animal Welfare Organisation, Kengeri Satellite Town (general check-up of our adopted ponies).
  • Number of animals treated for external wounds: 3
  • Number of animals treated for musculo-skeletal disorder: 7
  • Number of animals treated for Digestion-related problems:2
  • Number of animals treated for Cough-related problem: 4
  • Number of (new) animals covered as part of general check-up: 3
  • Number of animals treated for strangles (successfully): 4
  • Others: 1 (diarrhea)

We wish to thank The Happy Donkey Sanctuary for sponsoring this field visit. You could help us sustain our operations by sponsoring a field visit. For a sponsorship amount of only RS 3000, you will help us cover about 11 - 15 ponies in Bangalore, and a sponsorship amount of RS 4000 will help us reach out to towns outside Bangalore.

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Dental Care for Rescued Ponies

On 15th March, Good Boy and Sultan (our adopted equines) met an unexpected guest – an equine dentist. Dr. Akruti Choksi http://www.equinedentistindia.com/site), the only equine dentist in India at present, and a member of the International Association of Equine Dentistry checked on the dental health of Good boy and Sultan. Subsequently, the required dental care was performed on them.

We are ever thankful to Dr. Akruti for volunteering her services for our adopted equines despite her busy schedule. We are equally thankful to our volunteer veterinarian Dr. Ismail Jawad and our Hoof care and Farriery advisor Rudrapratap Singh for making adequate arrangements in light of Dr. Akruti's visit.

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Our Emergency Field Visits continue

Despite the fact that our scheduled weekly visits has taken a backseat, we try and ensure that no animal in unattended in an emergency situation. On Sunday, 22-01-2012, we treated a pony with an injury in its hamstring and Achilles region. We were able to attend to this pony thanks to Dr. Ismail Jawad, our volunteer veterinarian, whose dedication and help to your NGO is something that we shall always be grateful to. Thank you, Dr. Ismail Jawad.

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Updates: 8 Jan 2012

We encountered yet another case of Gas colic in a working pony - an abnormality that is directly related to the owner's practices in maintaining his animal. We were successful in saving this pony from a potential fatal end, we are worried about a section of caretakers, whose practices make way for such ailments. As mentioned in our previous posts, we still have a long way to go, and we are chalking out plans to more effectively interact with the caretakers. As of today, we are doing our best without resources and funding, and any change in our plans need to be supported by adequate funding, and we are working on this aspect too.

Summary of our field visit:

  • Places Covered: Lalbagh area, Goripalya, Monainpura, Vijayanagar, Old Guldadahalli
  • Number of animals treated for external wounds: 1
  • Number of animals treated for musculo-skeletal disorder: 3
  • Number of animals treated for Digestion-related problems:1
  • Number of animals treated for Respiration-related problem: 3
  • Number of (new) animals covered as part of general check-up: 3
  • Number of animals treated for colic (successfully): 1
  • Others: 1 (Fever)
  • Number of animals vaccinated against Tetanus: 2
  • Number of animals dewormed: 2

We wish to thank The Happy Donkey Sanctuary for sponsoring this field visit. You could help us sustain our operations by sponsoring a field visit. For a sponsorship amount of only RS 3000, you will help us cover about 11-15 ponies in Bangalore, and a sponsorship amount of RS 4000 will help us reach out to towns outside Bangalore.

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Updates: 1 Jan 2012

Mr. Deepak Nainini, the Chief Functionary of The Happy Donkey Sanctuary has been consistently supporting our work since April, 2011. While spending his vacation in Bangalore, he took time to accompany us in our field visit on 1st January, 2012. While it was an occasion for him to understand the hands-one work we do, we were happy to see one of our supporters taking this additional interest in knowing more about our activities and other details thereof. Needless to say, we cannot thank the Happy Donkey Sanctuary enough for sponsoring a field visit a month since the last 10 months.

Summary of our field visit:

  • Places Covered: Banashankari, Goripalya, Azad Nagar, Kalasipalya, Momainpura and Neelasandra
  • Number of animals treated for external wounds: 1
  • Number of animals treated for musculo-skeletal disorder: 3
  • Number of animals treated for Digestion-related problems:2
  • Number of animals treated for Respiration-related problems: 2
  • Number of (new) animals covered as part of general check-up: 6
  • Others: 2 (Fever: 1; Strangles (Tentative Diagnosis: 1)
  • Number of animals vaccinated against Tetanus: 8
  • Number of animals dewormed: 8

We wish to thank The Happy Donkey Sanctuary for sponsoring this field visit. You could help us sustain our operations by sponsoring a field visit. For a sponsorship amount of only RS 3000, you will help us cover about 11 -15 ponies in Bangalore, and a sponsorship amount of RS 4000 will help us reach out to towns outside Bangalore.

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Updates: 3 Dec 2011

Samabhava along with SOACT (Save our Animals Charitable Trust) and YFS (Youth For Seva) organised an Anti-Rabies vaccination drive for the community dogs at in Dr. Ambedkar Nagar/Vijinapura (near Ramamurthy Nagar). A total of 56 community dogs and 6 cats were vaccinated against Rabies.

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Updates: 27 Nov 011

On 27-11-2011, we decided to include a pony with chronic laminitis (a hoof disease) under our project Atonement. We immediately shifted it to Krupa animal shelter, Kengeri Bangalore. We are not certain about the reasons behind his condition. It could be a result of abuse from its owners and/or high carbohydrate feed, we need more time to unearth his past history.

Sultan, name of this pony, has been on the streets of Banashankari/Kumaraswamy layout since the last 2.5 years, and we have never interacted with its caretaker.

With the help of our organisation, Sultan has sought greener pastures, and while ensuring that he spends the rest of his life in dignity, we will also look at the possibility of treating laminitis with the help of our Advisor Rudra Pratap Singh.

We did cover a few ponies on 27-11-2011 as part of our field visit ; here is the summary:

  • Number of animals treated for wound:1
  • Number of animals treated for indigestion: 1
  • Number of animals treated for lameness/musculoskeletal disorder: 4
  • Number of animals treated for cough: 1
  • Number of animals subject to general-check-up: 1 (including our adopted ponies)
  • Number of animals vaccinated against Tetanus: 1
  • Other: 2 (Pyrexia)

We wish to thank Ravi Kasinathuni , Hyderabad, for sponsoring this field visit. You could also help us sustain our operations by sponsoring a field visit. For a sponsorship amount of only RS 3000, you will at least help 11 -15 ponies, especially those that require emergency care.

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Updates: 20 Nov 2011

As part of our regular field visit, we managed to vaccinate six community dogs in Koramangala slum (opposite National Games Village). Prior to this mini-vaccination drive, we did a small survey about regular vaccinations being provided by any of the other animal welfare NGOs to the community dogs, and we learnt that no regular vaccination drives were being conducted. Till we have a structured approach to our ARV drives in semi-urban areas/slum targeting dogs 'semi'-owned by people belonging to the lower-economic strata, we will continue such mini vaccination drives as and when feasible. Should you know of any such semi-urban settlement, kindly give us the details and we will take it forward. The Anti-Rabies drug used in our drives in Defonsor from Pfizer.

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On 20-11-2011, SAMABHAVA participated in a workshop organised by YFC and SOACT (Save Our Animal Charitable Trust). A workshop on animal welfare, and what we could do to address certain pressing matters of animal welfare. We also had the opportunity to present your work to the workshop participants, which was very much appreciated. Samabhava will be working with YFS and SOACT for a couple of animal welfare programmes. We will let you know the details soon.

  • Number of animals musculoskeletal disorder (follow-up): 2
  • Number of animals subject to general-check-up: 4 (including our adopted ponies)
  • Number of animals vaccinated against Tetanus: 1
  • Other: 1 (Pyrexia) Check this

Our 7th rescued and adopted pony Sultan is now living a peaceful life at Krupa animal shelter, Bangalore. No tarmac to rest his feet on, and no traffic to mediate. Just grass all over, and Survivor and Basava to keep him company. What more, one of our very important well-wishers and supporters, Sandhya Acharya , has agreed to sponsored his expenses at Krupa. On behalf of Sultan "Thank you Sandhya for giving me a life of dignity". Watch Sultan in action here

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Updates: 13 Nov 2011

Our busy weekend began late Saturday night at around 22:00. A caretaker from the Kalasiplaya stand called us up and informed us about colic in his pony. Our Managing Trustee rushed to the spot immediately to take stock of things, and did indeed confirm colic in the pony concerned. Taking instructions from our volunteer veterinarian Dr. Ismail Jawad over the phone, the required measures to alleviate colic was taken. The next morning, we had an 'in person' technical opinion by our veterinarian Dr. Gururaj, who confirmed that the pony is back to normalcy, and further advised the caretaker about certain do's and don'ts in terms of animal maintenance.

One of our subscribers (caretaker), bought an emaciated horse from another caretaker (who is not associated with our NGO/activities). The poor horse must have had a terrible time in his ex-owners place as is evident from his body condition score. Our caretaker wishes to give him a relatively better life (one could say a new lease of life), and we will support him in this initiative.

We also took the opportunity in vaccinating about six community dogs in the Koramangala slum against Rabies. Details of the same will be provided in a separate post here.

  • Number of animals treated for wounds: 2
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