“Dogs With Heart”, a project from Heart of Ganesh and The Elephant Love Project, held the first Mobile Medical Outreach clinic at the village temple yesterday and everywhere you looked there were good families patiently waiting for hours for their dogs to receive free health care from the Heart.
We’ve begun setting up motion-sensor lights around test farms that have sustained recent crop-loss from several bull elephants. Different wattages, different angles and heights, and reflective tape hanging from the wires are being installed. Keeping subsistence farmers safe helps keep wild elephants safe, and when you help one you help the other.
And yet, this won’t fix the problem—no individual solution has been found anywhere in the international community. We hope that it WILL give farmers more time to respond when elephants approach their farms, while other conservation approaches are painstakingly implemented. Keeping an eye on and tending the immediate issues while also working to amend the larger problems is at the Heart of The Elephant Love Project.
Shifting conflict into coexistence will take creative and cooperative efforts by us all—farmers, conservationists, tourists, anyone anywhere who eats rice or papayas or loves elephants — such a tall order when it will be a slow change in a fast moving world. But not knowing how to fix the entire problem is no reason not to try to fix what we can, where we can, however we can.
Sometimes in the midst of such ongoing conflict it can seem impossible to even imagine that solutions can be discovered—and implemented—in time to save what we love. But it is that very love that demands we continue to try.
If you aren’t familiar with village life, it might be difficult understand what it takes to not only arrange such a rural clinic and bring in the veterinarian from the closest town, but also to be a participant with your dogs. People came by foot, by 3-wheeler, and by tractor, with their dogs and cats in cardboard boxes, led with roughhewn rope, or carried on their shoulders.
Along with additional home-visits and medical intervention scheduled over the next few weeks for 26 of the sickest dogs, we’re also preparing for the second clinic in the next village. That our first outreach served almost 100 animals shows how important the work is, and how powerful the love is. Some days you serve one, some days you serve many, but all days give us an opportunity to create a kinder world for all…
My concern about whether anyone would show up was a bit unfounded! 91 dogs! We are just getting started ❤️.