Volunteering in Bhutan with HSI
Not surprisingly, we jumped at the chance to visit a country very high on our bucket list, and to be a part of something we feel very passionate about.
The programme was launched in 2009, and to date close to 50,000 dogs country wide have been sterilized. It is an incredibly sustainable programme that we were very proud to be a part of.
We spent 26 amazing days in Bhutan to help create videos about responsible pet ownership, how to avoid dog bites, and what to do if you encounter a dog that you think may have rabies.
The videos will be viewed in communities, schools, temples, and on television (budget permitting) nation wide.
Together with Toni, we did some brainstorming on how to simply and effectively get the message across, and came up with some great ideas.
The videos present examples of Do’s and Dont’s, and use human to human interaction to show the viewers what NOT to do when in a situation with a dog; and human to dog interaction to show what to DO when in a situation with a dog.
We wrote up a script that encompassed HSI’s values and safety concerns, came up with something that we were all happy and confident with, and ventured out to the streets of Thimphu to do some filming of dogs and citizens.
Following Thimphu, we traveled South to Gelephu to visit Toni’s team and collect more footage.
When we arrived, the team was busy catching dogs humanely, and bringing them to their facility for sterilizations, and vaccinations.
When it was time to film the human to human interaction of what not to do, we were fortunate enough to have our new friend Nedup Dorji be the star of the video.
Once the filming was wrapped up, we moved on to voice over work in Dzonka, the national language of Bhutan, and also added english subtitles.
The purpose of these videos is to educate and empower the people of Bhutan to take responsibility and make a difference in their own community.
At the end of our time in Bhutan, we attended HSI’s project task force meeting. A meeting attended by Rahul Sehgal the director of Humane Society Asia, project managers, and concerned stakeholders; to address the progress of the programme, assess the impact, and discuss strategies in positive ways to move forward.
During the meeting we also nervously presented our video to everyone attending. The feedback was very positive, and everyone was very happy with the finished product.
We feel proud of what we have accomplished and excited that our videos will be viewed all around Bhutan.
The next step will be to share the videos throughout Bhutan asking people to take responsibility for their pets and the street dogs within their community.
It was a great honor to create videos for The Royal Government of Bhutan and HSI Asia, that will contribute to the well being and welfare of the dogs of Bhutan, and the health and safety of the people.
We hope to be a part of more kindness, and compassion by contributing again in the future.
Remember: 2 dogs can produce approximately 65,000 dogs in 7 years!!!
Spay and neuter your fur friends!
A very special thank you to the Royal government of Bhutan, Bhutan’s National Centre for Animal Health, and Humane Society International Asia, for allowing us to be a part of the first ever nation wide dog population mangement and rabies control programme.
Many thanks to our friends Nedup and Keshab at New Focus Multimedia, in Thimphu, Bhutan for all of their help in creating the videos. We greatly appreciate it!
A million thanks to our good friend and super vet nurse, Antoinette Bradley.