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Pet-Taxi: Get Me To The Vet On Time



MILAN - Fido has an appointment with the vet but your boss just scheduled a last-minute meeting? No worries, let Pet Taxi take care of it for you, says La Stampa.

Pet Taxi is an initiative started by Farmina Pet Food in collaboration with SCIVAC (Society of Italian Vets) to help pets from Milan and Rome get their vaccinations and to their appointments on time. This is the first initiative of its kind in Italy.

The service aims to help those who can’t make it to the veterinarian’s because of whatever reason – lack of time, age, distance, transport problems, etc.

The service has to be booked in advance and aims to also help vets better organize their appointments – if a furry patient needs to be transferred to another facility for further treatment or special tests, they can also call Pet Taxis in to help.

The Pet Taxis are driven by expert staff who are able to handle even the most complicated of situations – let’s face it, animals are not the most well behaved passengers.

The complete package – a round trip accompanied by a driver, with or without the owner on board – is 35 euros. You can book online and there are deals in place with veterinarians that offer discounts. Loyalty cards are also available.

Interest in the project is high, writes Libero Quotidiano, but for now the network is only available in Rome and Milan. Potentially, the project could expand countrywide if it takes off.

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Migrant Lives

How Nepal’s “Left-Behind” Children Of Migrants Hold Families Together

Children left to fend for themselves when their parents seek work abroad often suffer emotional struggles and educational setbacks. Now, psychologists are raising alarms about the quiet but building crisis.

How Nepal’s “Left-Behind” Children Of Migrants Hold Families Together

Durga Jaisi, 12, Prakash Jaisi, 18, Rajendra Ghodasaini, 6, and Bhawana Jaisi, 11, stand for a portrait on their family land in Thakurbaba municipality.

Yam Kumari Kandel

BARDIYA — It was the Nepali New Year and the sun was bright and strong. The fields appeared desolate, except the luxuriantly growing green corn. After fetching water from a nearby hand pump, Prakash Jaisi, 18, walked back to the home he shares with his three siblings in Bardiya district’s Banbir area, more than 500 kilometers (over 300 miles) from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. As it was a public holiday in the country, all his friends had gone out to have fun. “I’d like to spend time with my friends, but I don’t have the time,” he says. Instead, Jaisi did the dishes and completed all the pending housework. Even though his exams are approaching, he has not been able to prepare. There is no time.

Jaisi’s parents left for India in December 2021, intending to work in the neighboring country to repay their house loan of 800,000 Nepali rupees (6,089 United States dollars). As they left, the responsibility of the house and his siblings was handed over to Jaisi, who is the oldest.

Just like Jaisi’s parents, 2.2 million people belonging to 1.5 million Nepali households are absent and living abroad. Of these, over 80% are men, according to the 2021 census on population and housing. The reasons for migration include the desire for a better future and financial status.

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