World Rabies Day
World Rabies Day 28th September 2020
Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) has invited us to organize an event on 28 September. This is World Rabies Day a crucially important day in the animal welfare calendar. We will be joining many other organisations around the world to help eradicate this killer virus by 2030.
Two members of our local Livestock Department have been invited to join our three Outreach Team members, and hopefully to donate vaccines too. We plan to vaccinate a target number of 200 unvaccinated dogs covering a hundred-kilometre radius on 27th and 28th September. Our Outreach Manager will survey this area and contact the people who feed these dogs to enlist their help.
We are asking for your help as GARC isn’t providing any financial assistance to undertake this project. We would be grateful for donations however small to help us buy 150 – 200 rabies vaccines. Please visit our website Wishlist page and you’ll see the cost of one rabies vaccine https://www.headrockdogs.org/wish-list. We anticipate this isn’t a great ‘ask’ as our aim is to save lives both those of dogs and humans.
Estimates suggest that over 5.5 billion people live with the daily risk of rabies, with 59,000 deaths every year. Over 95% of these deaths are in Africa and Asia, with the majority occurring from rabid dog bites. Around half of the people who die are children.
You can see from the map that Thailand is not yet represented in the World Rabies Day so we are very proud to be the first Thai organization to join GARC in it’s bid to eradicate rabies by 2030.