Veterinary practices are being urged to support a campaign to help vaccinate the 100,000 stray and roaming dogs in Sierra Leone, Africa at risk of culling because of the fear of rabies.
World Animal Protection (WAP) is calling on vet practices to support its campaign by fund-raising and raising awareness of the dogs’ plight ahead of World Rabies Day on 28 September.
Rabies has become rife among dogs and people in the region, with more than three human rabies cases for every 100,000 people.
According to WAP, dogs are in desperate need of vaccination before communities put pressure on local authorities to cull them. The charity is already working with Sierra Leone’s local and national authorities as well as the Sierra Leone Animal Welfare Society on how to humanely control the stray dog population.
WAP’s head of campaigns Alyx Elliott said: “The situation in Sierra Leone is critical as the tension between the vast stray and roaming dog population and community increases.
“Rabies is an entirely preventable disease and we are calling on supporters to help raise the money needed to vaccinate the Sierra Leone dogs and prevent any more cruelty and suffering.”
WAP recently celebrated a major milestone after delivering one million rabies vaccinations in countries such as Bangladesh, Bali, Zanzibar, Philippines and China as part of its Better Lives for Dogs campaign. However, it says it needs help to vaccinate the 100,000 dogs in Sierra Leone.
“It costs £2 to vaccinate a dog against rabies and we are keen to hear from veterinary practices that are able to support this campaign by receiving materials and fund-raising at their practice,” a charity spokesman said.
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