Over 99% of cases of human rabies are caused by an infected dog bite. Once symptoms of the disease develop, it is always fatal. Rabies is 100% preventable yet every year, millions of healthy dogs are inhumanely killed for fear of this deadly disease. Culling does not halt the spread of rabies, which causes the deaths of around 61,000 people a year – the majority of which are children under 15. The aim of Mission Rabies is to eliminate rabies from the world by 2030.
In 2014, Dogs Trust began working in partnership with the Worldwide Vet Service (WVS) to deliver a six month mass sterilisation and rabies vaccination across the entire state of Goa, India. In total, 72,358 people were made rabies aware as a result of this project. This included 68,536 children; 2,975 teachers who were trained on rabies and dog welfare; and 947 parents and community members who visited our Mission Rabies Truck.
Mission Rabies is now active in Ranchi, India and Blantyre, Malawi. Dogs Trust need crucial support for these current projects and to expand the project to areas around the world that need it most. Mission Rabies is working to prevent needless deaths from this devastating disease and we need you to be a part of it.
If you can help us to achieve our mission by 2030, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Matt Boustead or Sarah Hadfield to learn how you can get involved.