World Rabies day was started in 2007 to bring awareness to the public about rabies around the world. Did you know that 60% of people who die from rabies are children under the age of 15. September 28th is the official World Rabies Day, where every year communities around the globe are trying to raise awareness and promote prevention especially to communities that are high risk.
Rabies is preventable! It is as simple as a vaccine! Canadian cases have been on the decline since the 80's due to control measures. The rabies virus us responsible for killing nearly 70,000 people worldwide! Once symptoms appear in a human, the disease is almost always fatal. Rabies is passed in saliva through a bite, scratch or contact with mucous membranes or open wounds. Rabies is found in both domestic and wild animals. Those are some scary facts, but what makes it even more profound is that those are true facts.
In Todos Santos where our team travels to each each, it is known as a high risk area for Rabies. Due to the fact that Vets without Borders and the GAAP have had a presence in the area for the past several years, the locals have noticed a decline in roaming dogs (vaccine and pet population control hospital set up each year)
We have launched our newest campaign, "Buy a vaccine for a pet in Guatemala". For a donation of 5$ you can have a pet vaccinated in Guatemala. When our team is there in 2016 they will take a photo of the pet you paid to have vaccinated against Rabies and will email it back to you. What a wonderful gift! Come on in today, together we CAN END rabies!