IAR Goa – Rabies Prevention Project
An animal dying of rabies suffers dreadfully. But, thanks to our vaccination program, we have seen the incidence of rabies drop dramatically. This is partly due to the reduced stray animal population, and partly due to the fact that we also vaccinate every animal we sterilize against rabies. We do our best to re-vaccinate as many animals as possible each year.
Rabies is a killer disease which can have a devastating effect on the stray dog population, and not only for the reasons most people would think! All too often, when people suspect there is a rabid dog in the area, vigilante groups will go out and either poison or beat all the street dogs in the vicinity to death. For this reason, and the fact that rabies kills people as well as dogs, we always make a rabies call our very top priority. We virtually drop everything to get a team out to a rabid animal so that we can stop the spread of the disease, stop any vigilante backlash, and vaccinate any animal that may have come into contact with the rabid animal. It is also vital to ensure that any local people that are bitten, especially children, are immediately vaccinated, and that the rabid dog is put out of its misery.
To date over 60,000 rabies vaccinations have been carried out.
This is a personal project to find Arabelle, an Indian Pariah dog we rescued, a Forever Home.
We recently visited IAR Goa and were involved in the rescue of a female dog severely ill from advanced mange with bacterial infection. We named her Arabelle (she was found in Arambol) Arabelle is under the care of IAR Goa where she was being treated. She is being fostered by one of the staff and we contribute to her food and pay all medical bills.
As a result of Project Rhino KZN’s ethos of collaboration, projects and campaigns in partnership with other organisations have been initiated.