World Rabies Day
World Rabies Day 28th September 2020
We are very excited to have been invited by Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), the leading international rabies non-profit org to organize an anti-rabies event on 28 September. This is World Rabies Day a crucially important day in the animal welfare calendar.
We are currently one of two Thai NGO to participate in this event and will be joining many organisations around the world to help eradicate this killer virus. The Thai Government estimates 16% of animals are infected with rabies.
Our 5 person team will comprise 2 members of our local Government Livestock Department and 3 Outreach Team members. The Livestock Department has kindly donated 100 rabies vaccines for our event registered as Thailand and Temple Street Dogs Anti Rabies Vaccination Drive. Our target is to vaccinate 200 stray and Temple dogs over our 2-day event on 27 and 28 September. These unvaccinated dogs typically live on the roadside and in temples covering a 100-kilometre radius where animal welfare is scant. Our Outreach Manager is currently surveying this area and contacting the dogs' feeders, to enlist their help.
We are asking for your help too. GARC will assist us to promote our event but isn’t able to provide any financial assistance. We would be grateful for donations however small to help us buy 150 additional rabies vaccines. Please visit our website wishlist page https://www.headrockdogs.org/wish-list to see the cost of one rabies vaccine set including syringe and needle.
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.
Please consider making a small donation to help us with this important worldwide project.
We Achieved Our Goal to Vaccinate 220 Dogs and Cats Against Rabies Over 2 Days!
Our first #WorldRabiesDay Event was a great success. All 4 people in our team worked incredibly hard to vaccinate 60 cats and 40 dogs making a total of 100 animals and their community safe from this killer virus.
A heartfelt THANK YOU to FOUR PAWS International who donated the entire 220 combine rabies vaccines. And also to those generous supporters who donated to help make the day a great success.
We set off early for the 120k round trip near the Myanmar border. The local pet owners in this area receive very little help and the nearest vet is 40ks away. Our work today showed how badly our support is needed not only with vaccinations but also with neutering.
We visited 5 houses, some down bumpy tracks and others down windy roads surrounded by coconut groves and rubber trees. A few of the houses had 30 cats some had 15 and all the houses had over 10 dogs.
In addition to vaccinating we also gave de-tick and de-worm treatment to many of the animals and tended to a few minor wounds.
The next day we headed off in the opposite direction for our 2nd #WorldRabiesDay event. A 100 dogs and 20 cats were vaccinated against rabies making a total of 220 animals who are now safe from this killer virus.
We were joined by a small team from the local Livestock Department who provided free neutering for locals' dogs and cats as their contribution to #WorldRabiesDay.
This area has large groups of dogs and cats living in temples, beaches, a factory and a port where they have been born or abandoned. Their feeders including nuns, restaurant owners, fishermen and security guards helped us keep these animals stress free whilst being vaccinated. Take a look at how they helped us make the day a true community event.
We're happy to have played a small part in helping to keep many dogs, cats and humans safe from rabies over next year. Our contribution to help eradicate rabies won't stop here. We will continue to vaccinate all dogs we treat and care for in temples and on the streets and beaches against this killer virus.
A big THANK YOU to my husband Suthep Samkuntod who took great pictures over the 2-day event.