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Although rabies is under control in developed countries, it still kills more than 60,000 people each year—most of them children in Africa and Asia. By partnering with the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University, our clinic is working to help put an end to these statistics.
Worldwide vaccination of dogs could virtually eliminate rabies in people— nearly all cases come from domestic dog bites, and it’s almost 100 percent fatal once symptoms show up. “Where dog rabies has been locally eliminated, the disease disappears in all species,” says Guy Palmer, a veterinary infectious disease expert at Washington State University.
By forging a partnership with the Allen school, we are helping to make a difference. Together with our clients we can save the lives of dogs and the people who care for them.
Palmer’s team is working with local health experts to begin vaccinating as many as 1,000 dogs a day in Tanzania. Since they started their program, almost no one has died from rabies in the area—down from 50 deaths every year. By 2030, the goal is to reduce the number of human deaths to zero.
Let’s End Rabies Deaths Together!
We at Bothell Pet Hospital believe that together with our clients and other veterinary clinics across the state, we can help move closer to that goal.
Please join us in the effort to eliminate rabies worldwide. A $10 gift will vaccinate a child’s dog from rabies as well as distemper, another major cause of mortality in young dogs. A gift of any amount will move us closer to a world where no child or dog dies from rabies.
We are accepting donations of any amount in our office, or you can donate directly by clicking on this link: www.EliminateRabies.wsu.edu. Thank you for helping us reach our goal!