Often through their own experiences our vets and nurses have causes which are close to their hearts and which we would like to tell you about to give them a little more exposure. We will occasionally highlight one of these in our ‘Spotlight on’ blog post.
This month we would like to tell you about the program World Animal Protection run to help vaccinate stray dogs in Sierra Leone against rabies.
Rabies has become rife amongst dogs and people, with over three human rabies cases for every 100,000 people. There is a large stray dog population in Sierra Leone and dogs are in desperate need of vaccination before communities put pressure on local authorities to eliminate dogs through culling, which would often be carried out inhumanely.
World Animal Protection is working with local and national authorities in Sierra Leone and the Sierra Leone Animal Welfare Society (SLAWS) on humanestray dog control and is raising funds to enable them to vaccinate the stray dog population and so remove the threat of culling.
World Animal Protection has success in this area and has recently celebrated a major milestone after delivering one million rabies vaccinations as part of its Better Lives for Dogs’ campaign. However, it still needs help to vaccinate the 100,000 dogs in Sierra Leone.
To find out more about the work of World Animal Protection or support their efforts to help the dogs of Sierra Leone please click here.