Leading up to World Rabies Day on September 28, Humane Society International/India organised anti – rabies awareness and vaccination drives for a week in 25 residential societies of Dehradun. The drives aimed to empower local residents with the knowledge to protect themselves from bites, preventing rabies and saving lives.
Anti – rabies vaccination drives were held on September 27-28 under the global 2019 theme, “Rabies: Vaccinate to eliminate”. The drives were free for street dogs and pet dogs in resident welfare societies signed up under HSI/India’s Abhay Sankalp programme and more than 200 street dogs were vaccinated. In addition, HSI/India also conducted educational sessions and distributed leaflets related to rabies prevention and information about responsible pet ownership.
Suchitra Rawat, programme coordinator, Companion Animals and Engagement for HSI/India, said, “Rabies awareness in communities is very important for peaceful and fearless coexistence between humans and dogs in communities. An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure in the case of rabies . Hence, our motto during the World Rabies Week was to improve knowledge on rabies, vaccination and responsible pet ownership, wound bite management, and prevention and control.”
Dr Meherban Singh Gusain, a resident of Ashirwad enclave, said, ” Rabies awareness is not only important for our society but for everyone to create a safe environment for both humans and dogs.”
Monday, 30 September 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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