While the truck is still on a ship, crossing the Indian ocean, this week saw our team head out on the road to visit and make final preparations with the vaccination checkpoint co-ordinators. Dagmar, our Senior Veterinary Co-ordinator, and Carl, Digital Support, left Germany and the UK for the first stop on a 6 week trip around the south India checkpoints, beginning in Goa, whilst Dr Shashi, one of our Indian Senior Veterinary Co-ordinators headed to Bhubaneshwar in Orissa state to visit People for Animals Orissa. Meanwhile, back in the UK, Anna, our North India Volunteer Co-ordinator, and I met up with Rachel and Jordana from Tree of Life for Animals (TOLFA), one of three charities who will be running our vaccination checkpoint in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
These meetings have been a great opportunity to run through the plans and put faces to the names of many people who have been working tirelessly over the past few months to make sure that the September mass vaccination drive will be a success!
In Goa, dodging the monsoon rains, Dagmar and Carl visited the facilities of International Animal Rescue and met up with the organisation's vet, Astrid, as well as many members of the team and inpatients at the veterinary hospital. They also met Mrs Norma Alvares, from People for Animals Goa, one of the other organisations helping to run Mission Rabies in Goa, and their visit even made the national news!
We'll have more updates from our teams on the ground over the coming weeks, but for now, I will leave you with some images of the people and patients of International Animal Rescue!
Astrid and Dagmar, working on Mission Rabies plans
Street dogs are caught, brought to the International Animal Rescue hospital and neutered, before being returned to the exact place they were picked up. There is room for over 80 dogs in their spotlessly clean kennels!
The Indian monsoon...
This little dog was found trapped in a well with his hind legs tied together. Luckily he was uninjured and already has several potential homes to go to, once he has been castrated!
Some of the most important team members - the dog catchers! Without their skills, we would never be able to run Mission Rabies!