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Phil Hunt, co-coordinator of Enlightenment for the Dear Animals, shares the most recent updates from Animal Liberation Sanctuary (ALS), a sanctuary for animals rescued by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from being killed or neglected so that they may live out their natural lives in peace and attain a higher rebirth:
At the start of November 2013, Dr. Howard Ralph from Australia was called over to undertake several operations on the animals assisted by ALS coordinator Tania Duratovic. Goats Norbu, Nyingjey, Tilopa, Tsering, Khedrup, Dawa (a sheep), and others benefited from this visit. Several Nepali veterinarians came to observe the operations as it is a rare thing for them to be able to participate in surgery.
The animals also benefited from Kopan’s annual November course. Students recited mantras and prayers every morning to the animals and many helped out during the mad rush of 34 animals circumambulating (running) around the stupa, keeping them from escaping to the garden.
The new year began with the four-legged residents of the Animal Liberation Sanctuary at Kopan Monastery and Kopan Nunnery in Nepal moving to their new living quarters on land nearby. The land was originally purchased in 2006 but building work did not begin until 2011. A young caretaker family has moved in and in the first week of January so did the animals: 48 goats and 2 sheep (8 cows will remain at Kopan where the terrain is more suitable for them). The move took place over a couple of days with animals being led (or often the other way around!) by several workers from Kopan. The track is very steep and narrow in places so we were quite anxious that the more compromised animals, like Dawa the three-legged sheep and Norbu with his partially amputated leg, may not make it. But they all arrived safely, although very exhausted, and set straight in munching on the grass and leaves.
The monastery residents and the nunnery residents hadn’t met each other so that was another concern for us, but they all seemed to get on quite well, even with a few head butts and a bit of pushing. The new shelter has facilities to separate quieter animals, including a separate stall for Dawa and Nyima the two sheep to sleep safely, as well as a quarantine area and a treatment room. We were also happy to have Roshan from MEND pay us a visit to measure Norbu for a prosthetic limb. We are all very happy that the move went well and the animals are all settling into their new premises. We look forward to them all having a long and healthy peaceful life there.
Learn more about Enlightenment for the Dear Animals and the Animal Liberation Sanctuary Project on their website. You can support the project by visiting their information page on fpmt.org.
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