Mission Rabies launched in India - the world's hotspot for rabies, where a third of all human cases occur. That's the death of a child every hour.
International volunteers from 14 countries joined forces with local dog catchers and vets to make this campaign a huge success, not only protecting so many dogs from Rabies, but increasing awareness and making Rabies a country-wide issue.
Reaching our target of 50,000 dogs in just 25 days, Mission Rabies proved that we can and will make a huge difference in a short space of time.
And that was just the beginning!
We set ourselves a challenge - make Goa a Rabies free state!
Bordered by sea to the East and jungle to the North, South and West, the movement of dogs into and out of the state is limited, making it the perfect location for a state-wide vaccination campaign.
With the truck traversing the country vaccinating, sterilising and raising awareness in far-out communities, and our proof-of-concept city Ranchi forging ahead with over 8,000 vaccinations and 4,500 sterilisations, India was off to a brilliant start!
2015 was a HUGE year in India, smashing our previous vaccination records, delivering 94,753 rabies vaccinations!
Developing a strategy to cover all 12 talukas of Goa in a year, we meticulously mapped out every catching area, trained even more dog catching teams, recruited an amazing project coordinator and set to work.
In September, we welcomed back 20 international volunteers for another month-long mass drive, allowing us to complete one of the most densely populated of Goas’ talukas in just 4 weeks!
Our first international volunteer project in Ranchi exceeded all expectations with 5 teams smashing their 5,000 dog target by vaccinating 6,241 dogs in the most densely populated wards of Ranchi city in just 2 weeks!
It was going to be tough matching the success of 2015, but we managed to catch an extra 495 dogs for our grand total of 95,288 vaccinations across the Indian projects!
We have seen a clear decline in human rabies deaths in Goa from 17 in 2014, 5 in 2015 and only 1 in 2016!
Get a feel for what being part of a vaccination team in Goa is like, watch our Goa videos
2017 has already seen our cornerstone project in Ranchi surpass a massive 100,000 vaccinations!
Supporters, donors and employees of Mission Rabies will be merging on Ranchi to celebrate World Rabies Day and to showcase Ranchi as a successful proof-of-concept project.
Having already reached 92,000 vaccinations, 2017 is set to become another record breaking year in India!
2018 has started off being very busy for our teams in Goa and will continue like this throughout the next months. The education officers work alongside our vaccination teams while Mission Rabies officials engage in government meetings and in strengthening our contacts to local municipalities and panchayats.
All Mission Rabies team members are continously working on spreading our efforts and programmes.
You want to get involved as well? Here you can find more information about how to help us in the fight against rabies.
|Engine||7.2 l six cylinder in-line|
|Chassis||Reinforced frame, 300-litre steel fuel tank, front and rear stabilisers|
|Body Type||7m Vipex Vector|
|Extending Pod||Rear self-supporting hydraulic pod, automatic folding floor and fold-down stabilising legs.|
|Specialised Medical Kit||Elkin Digital X-Ray, M-Turbo Sonosite Ultrasound, Oxymat 3 O2 Generator, Integrated anaesthetic and dental units|
|A/V Stream||55 inch LED Screen on the outside of the truck body linked to cameras in the op theatre for training and presentations|
|Extensions||2.5m wind-out awning and medical tent for operating workshops, external water supply and generators, lights and full field equipment|
|Communications||Tracking and GPS|
|Operating tables||1 internal, 6 external|
|Accommodation||Living quarters with kitchen area, toilet/shower, sleeps 3.|
This awesome piece of machinery is the world’s only all-terrain, entirely self-sufficient, mobile veterinary hospital capable of running outreach programmes, training courses and mobile clinics. It can provide veterinary resources in the most remote of locations where they are most needed.
Designed and built in the UK, it spent 33 days travelling over 11,000km to reach Mumbai and begin its epic mission – Eliminate Rabies from India!
The truck hosts monthly veterinary courses for Indian vets and vet technicians, joining forces with local governments, universities and private vet practices. This provides the local vets with the essential skills to humanely manage street dog populations within their own communities.
Never one to be upstaged, the truck is our flagship for the Indian campaign. Generating local and international interest and support and spreading the educational messages about rabies prevention.
At every place we visit, we are totally dependent on the amazing local animal charities that campaign and work tirelessly to make a difference.
These charities are the champions of Mission Rabies - have a scroll down and learn more about them here!
Blue Cross of India (BCI) founded in 1964 is one of India's largest and leading animal welfare NGOs and has been credited with being the first organization in the world to conceptualize the Animal Birth Control-Anti Rabies (ABC-AR) program, the single-most powerful tool in humane stray dog population control and rabies management.
Blue Cross has been running this program in Chennai since 1964 and the declaration of Chennai as Indias first rabies-free metro in 2010 after three years of no rabies in humans is tangible proof of the effectiveness of this method. BCI's pioneering work in this area is now being replicated in advanced countries. It was only after BCI's success in this program that WHO (World Health Organization) too has recommended ABC as the only humane way to control the street dog population.
BCI also runs a free hospital and an ambulance service for the treatment of injured and sick animals, with over 2000 resident animals at any point of time between the 4 centers it operates from. The work of BCI has led to path breaking legislative changes having successfully campaigned for the ban of various cruel practices including jallikattu, export of monkeys for research and the export of frogs' legs. BCI was also instrumental in making dissection optional at high school level and introduced pet therapy and the Dr Dog program in India for differently-abled children.
BCI has spearheaded the homeless dog adoption revolution in India, to humanely reduce the stray dog population. Tens of thousands of animals have been rescued from illness or injury and thousands have found adoptive homes subsequently. Blue Cross has also successfully re-homed animals rescued from laboratories performing animal testing. The Blue Cross also boasts of the largest number of youth volunteers and is one of the only organizations to be managed purely by volunteers on an honorary basis, with the only paid staff being the doctors and attenders. BCI also has the transparency to publish its Audited results on its website.
Gomantak Pashu Rakshak Sanstha (GPRS) was founded by people passionate about animal welfare in South Goa. Their Mission is to teach kindness and save animals through their Education and Animal Rescue initiatives.
The GPRS Animal Rescue was set up to provide aid for stray animals that are sponsored by compassionate members of society. GPRS work to encourage people to experience the positive effect that their involvement can have on animals in need. Sterilisation of a stray, treatment of an injury, providing food & shelter can all change the life of a homeless, abandoned animal.
The GPRS education initiative The LEARN Centre, focuses on educating children about kindness to each other, animals and the environment. This involves the creation and delivery of holistic education programmes in schools around South Goa. At GPRS, we firmly believe that grassroots education is vital to making significant changes in attitudes. The seeds of awareness of the environment, kindness to animals and each other need to be sown at a young age to make the required impact on future generations.
Helping Organisation for People, Environment and Animal Trust was registered on August 1, 2001 at Ranchi, Jharkhand as a non-profit organisation. The aims of the organisation are to work for the protection of the environment and animals, to control the increasing population of street dogs, to prevent their suffering and to help local communities by reducing poverty through farm animal welfare programes.
Since the organisation was formed, their priority was to reduce the number of dogs by sterilisation and to help the sick and injured. This vital work began in October 2007 and since then has Sterilized and Vaccinated more than 20000 dogs and bitches. With further support from other groups, they have increased the number of Spay and Neuter cases to 10000 a year.
They have fifteen full-time and two part-time paid staff and about ten active unpaid volunteers. HOPE Rescue and Rehabilitation Shelter for Animals at Khunti, 35 km from Ranchi has been built and this is run entirely by volunteers.
Humane Animal Society (HAS) is a private not-for-profit trust established in 2006, managed and supported by the animal lovers and compassionate citizens of Coimbatore.
Since inception, HAS has been engaged in the Animal Birth Control/Animal Rabies Vaccination programme for the city of Coimbatore through a Memorandum of Understanding with the city corporation and recognized by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI). In addition to the ABC/ARV programme, HAS is deeply involved in all aspects of animal welfare including adoptions of Indian dogs and cats, rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned animals, humane education, vaccination camps and treatment and care of several out-patient animals on a daily basis.
Animal Tracks is the name of International Animal Rescueís centre in the town of Mapusa in the north of Goa. It was opened in 1998 by John Hicks and his wife Jo to relieve the suffering of the local stray dog and cat populations.
Over the years the centre has grown from a few makeshift cages under a palm leaf roof to a fully equipped vet clinic with a kennel block housing 90 dogs and a purpose-built cattery for 50 cats. The centre has two surgeries, an x-ray and ECG machine and equipment for orthopaedic surgery. They employ 28 full-time members of staff including six fully qualified vets under the leadership of Veterinary Director Astrid Almeida.
From initially treating almost solely stray dogs and cats, the clinic has expanded to treat all kinds of animals, both domestic and wild and the centre has about 200 animals in care at any one time. As well as dogs and cats, They also provide rehabilitation and shelter for injured livestock, birds and wildlife. John and Jo also provide sanctuary for a number of monkeys that have been rescued from captivity or injured on the busy roads.
India Project for Animals and Nature (IPAN) is an animal welfare organisation dedicated to preventing cruelty towards animals, improving the health and welfare of domestic and wild animals, protecting the environment and by doing so, improving the livelihoods of people who depend on them. IPAN believes that 'Animal Welfare Means Human Welfare'.
Established in 1997, IPAN is a registered Trust, managed by a Board of Trustees and headed by the Managing Trustee Nigel Otter, a well-known animal activist in India who has received several awards for his dedication to animal welfare and nature conservation.
In the small village of Mavanalla, IPAN runs an animal shelter - the Hill View Farm Animal Refuge - but IPAN's work, especially in the humane animal handling and animal birth control programmes, are known far and wide outside the Nilgiris district as well.
Indian Society For Animal-Human Welfare (iSAW) formed with the objective of protecting the welfare of animals and people in Nagpur in 2005. It is recognised by the Animal Welfare Board of India and is also a member of the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO).
They run a regular animal clinic as well as animal health camps to provide veterinary services and medicines free of charge to sick and injured animals. They also run a successful Animal Birth Control - Rabies Vaccination programme, which treated over 13,000 animals between 2006 and 2010.
iSAW runs campaigns to protect donkeys, sparrows and other birds, and awareness campaigns on responsible dog ownership.
They have a separate wing for school students, Young Angels for Animals, which aims to spread compassion and kindness to animals through its various classroom programmes.
Bhubaneshwar, Coimbatore, Erode, Goa, Kolkata, Trivandrum
People for Animals is India's largest animal welfare organisation with a nationwide network of 250,000 members, 160 units and 26 hospitals. With Mrs Maneka Gandhi as the chairperson, the organisation undertakes animal rescue and rehabilitation work across the country. It is their aim to set up animal welfare centres in each of India's 600 districts.
What they do:
Create Infrastructure - Upgrade and establish facilities for animal rescue and rehabilitation such as shelters, ambulances, mobile clinics and helplines. Street Animal Sterilisation – Conduct sterilisation and vaccination programmes for street dogs in order to bring down their numbers in a humane manner. Influence Policy – Act as a pressure group to bring about environment and animal friendly legislation. Ensure implementation of animal welfare laws – Take direct action through units to protect animals and punish offenders. Animal Adoption Drives – Undertake massive adoption drives for Indian dogs and cats. Educate and sensitise - Introduce animal welfare in schools as a teaching or extra-curricular activity.
Vets For Animals (VFA) is a group of veterinarians who came together to provide excellent veterinary services for the wellbeing of animals. Dr Shridhar Budhe and Dr Shashikant Jadhav, both with a broad experience of animal welfare work, founded the organization in 2007. VFA's main activities are Animal Birth Control, training of vets, animal welfare activities and provision of technical support to other animal welfare organisations and NGOs who require their expertise.
VFA has sterilized more than 30000 dogs and vaccinated 14000 dogs to date across a number of locations, including Rajkot, Banglore, Hubli, Sangali, Satara, Kolhapur, Chintamani and Magalwedha. The organization has also run many ABC camps in rural locations and gives regular surgical training sessions to field vets.
VFA provides their technical services to assist in the treatment of injured birds during the Kite Festival in Ahmedabad. VFA is working to minimize rabies incidence through vaccination programmes and plan to open an animal hospital at Koparde Haveli Karad to provide treatment for large and small animals in this rural area.
Welfare for Animals in Goa (WAG) helps stray animals of Goa in three different ways.
Firstly, they have a beach monitoring and feeding programme, to help beach cats and dogs that are isolated by the monsoon and suffering food shortages when tourism is out of season from May until October. The priority is always to sterilize (neuter) the dogs in the local area to help control the population.
Secondly, they have an adoption scheme, where they rehome abandoned animals and, where necessary, provide medicine, vaccinations against rabies and common viral diseases as well as ongoing support to their caretakers. This includes financial support for neutering.
Finally, they have a small cow rehoming shelter, where they treat injured stray cows and, when they are fit, they are rehomed to a farm and never put them back on the streets to suffer the risk of garbage ingestion and starvation.
Ranchi, the state capital of Jharkhand in North-East India was one of the original 14 vaccination checkpoints during Mission Rabies' launch in September 2013.
Over 5000 dogs were vaccinated in 2 weeks!
Through a close collaboration with HOPE and Animal trust, we ran a vaccination programme rom Nov 2013- Feb 2014.
In Novermber 2014, Ranchi was set up as our very first proof-of-concept city.
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