Mission Rabies launched in India - the world's hotspot for rabies, where a third of all human cases occur. That's the death of a child every hour.
In September 2013, Mission Rabies launched with a massive campaign, powered by vets and volunteers from 14 countries, to achieve over 60,000 dog vaccinations in just 28 days across 12 locations in India.
We trained and equipped some of the best dog catchers in the world to make sure we reached the crucial 70% of the dog population to stop rabies spreading to dogs and people.
But that was just the beginning.
We set up permanent vaccination teams in Goa and Ranchi and embarked on intensive dog population control programmes in some of the toughest areas of the country
Our purpose-built mobile veterinary hospital truck hosts monthly surgical training courses around India to teach vets the skills required to run neutering and vaccine campaigns
We recruit volunteers for monthly mass vaccination drives at each location the truck visits; further boosting the work of the established vaccination teams.
We distribute educational materials and visit schools to teach children and adults how to understand dogs better so they can avoid dog bites and reduce the risk of rabies.
In 2014 we conducted a mass dog sterilisation drive, sterilising and vaccinating more than 20,000 dogs in just 6 months.
Building on this massive effort, our teams continue to work in the State of Goa and have vaccinated a total of more than 100,000 dogs since the start of the project.
Likewise, our team in the city of Ranchi is doing an exceptional job, having vaccinated more than 75,000 dogs in the city and protecting the population and dogs alike to contract this vicious disease.
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|7.2 l six cylinder in-line|
|Reinforced frame, 300-litre steel fuel tank, front and rear stabilisers|
|7m Vipex Vector|
|Rear self-supporting hydraulic pod, automatic folding floor and fold-down stabilising legs.|
Specialised Medical Kit
|Elkin Digital X-Ray, M-Turbo Sonosite Ultrasound, Oxymat 3 O2 Generator, Integrated anaesthetic and dental units|
|55 inch LED Screen on the outside of the truck body linked to cameras in the op theatre for training and presentations|
|2.5m wind-out awning and medical tent for operating workshops, external water supply and generators, lights and full field equipment|
|Integrated satellite, tracking and GPS|
|1 internal, 6 external|
|Living quarters with kitchen area, toilet/shower, sleeps 3.|
Our vehicle is unique.
It is the world's only all-terrain, entirely self-sufficient, mobile veterinary hospital, capable of running outreach campaigns, training courses and mobile clinics. It has comprehensive expedition capability and can provide veterinary resources in places where no-one else can get to and where they are most desperately needed.
Our incredible mobile veterinary hospital truck was designed and built in the UK and shipped to India under support from the Animal Welfare Board of India.
The truck set off across India in September 2013, hosting monthly training courses in collaboration with local Indian animal welfare organisations, municipal governments, Indian Veterinary Colleges and teams of international veterinary volunteers. These training courses teach vets and animal handlers the essential skills to sustainably and humanely manage street dog populations through surgical Animal Birth Control (ABC), and to continue the programme of rabies vaccination; targeting 2 million dogs across India over the next 3 years.
As well as providing vital support for the veterinary teams, the truck also acts as a flagship for the campaign, generating support and interest from the local community and spreading important educational messages about rabies prevention.
Our all-terrain mobile veterinary hospital truck has set off on an incredible journey across India, spending a month at each checkpoint targeted during September’s 30 day mass vaccination drive.
Veterinary teams from India and around the world have joined forces with local animal charities to deliver the life-saving vaccines and form the first India National Rabies Network. With their help we plan to vaccinate 2 million dogs against rabies over the next 3 years.
Our truck is acting as a flagship for the mission - providing training to local vets in street dog population control, educating the public about rabies prevention and taking essential veterinary care to the places it is needed most.
At every place we visit, we are totally dependent on the amazing local animal charities that campaign and work tirelessly to make a difference.
These charities are the champions of Mission Rabies - have a scroll down and learn more about them here!
blue cross of indiachennai
Blue Cross of India (BCI) founded in 1964 is one of India's largest and leading animal welfare NGOs and has been credited with being the first organization in the world to conceptualize the Animal Birth Control-Anti Rabies (ABC-AR) program, the single-most powerful tool in humane stray dog population control and rabies management.
Blue Cross has been running this program in Chennai since 1964 and the declaration of Chennai as Indias first rabies-free metro in 2010 after three years of no rabies in humans is tangible proof of the effectiveness of this method. BCI's pioneering work in this area is now being replicated in advanced countries. It was only after BCI's success in this program that WHO (World Health Organization) too has recommended ABC as the only humane way to control the street dog population.
BCI also runs a free hospital and an ambulance service for the treatment of injured and sick animals, with over 2000 resident animals at any point of time between the 4 centers it operates from. The work of BCI has led to path breaking legislative changes having successfully campaigned for the ban of various cruel practices including jallikattu, export of monkeys for research and the export of frogs' legs. BCI was also instrumental in making dissection optional at high school level and introduced pet therapy and the Dr Dog program in India for differently-abled children.
BCI has spearheaded the homeless dog adoption revolution in India, to humanely reduce the stray dog population. Tens of thousands of animals have been rescued from illness or injury and thousands have found adoptive homes subsequently. Blue Cross has also successfully re-homed animals rescued from laboratories performing animal testing. The Blue Cross also boasts of the largest number of youth volunteers and is one of the only organizations to be managed purely by volunteers on an honorary basis, with the only paid staff being the doctors and attenders. BCI also has the transparency to publish its Audited results on its website.
Gomantak Pashu Rakshak Sanstha (GPRS) was founded by people passionate about animal welfare in South Goa. Their Mission is to teach kindness and save animals through their Education and Animal Rescue initiatives..
The GPRS Animal Rescue was set up to provide aid for stray animals that are sponsored by compassionate members of society. GPRS work to encourage people to experience the positive effect that their involvement can have on animals in need. Sterilisation of a stray, treatment of an injury, providing food & shelter can all change the life of a homeless, abandoned animal
The GPRS education initiative The LEARN Centre, focuses on educating children about kindness to each other, animals and the environment. This involves the creation and delivery of holistic education programmes in schools around South Goa. At GPRS, we firmly believe that grassroots education is vital to making significant changes in attitudes. The seeds of awareness of the environment, kindness to animals and each other need to be sown at a young age to make the required impact on future generations.
hope and animal trustranchi
Helping Organisation for People, Environment and Animal Trust was registered on August 1, 2001 at Ranchi, Jharkhand as a non-profit organisation. The aims of the organisation are to work for the protection of the environment and animals, to control the increasing population of street dogs, to prevent their suffering and to help local communities by reducing poverty through farm animal welfare programes.
Since the organisation was formed, their priority was to reduce the number of dogs by sterilisation and to help the sick and injured. This vital work began in October 2007 and since then has Sterilized and Vaccinated more than 20000 dogs and bitches. With further support from other groups, they have increased the number of Spay and Neuter cases to 10000 a year.
They have fifteen full-time and two part-time paid staff and about ten active unpaid volunteers. HOPE Rescue and Rehabilitation Shelter for Animals at Khunti, 35 km from Ranchi has been built and this is run entirely by volunteers.
humane animal societycoimbatore
Humane Animal Society (HAS) is a private not-for-profit trust established in 2006, managed and supported by the animal lovers and compassionate citizens of Coimbatore.
Since inception, HAS has been engaged in the Animal Birth Control/Animal Rabies Vaccination programme for the city of Coimbatore through a Memorandum of Understanding with the city corporation and recognized by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI). In addition to the ABC/ARV programme, HAS is deeply involved in all aspects of animal welfare including adoptions of Indian dogs and cats, rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned animals, humane education, vaccination camps and treatment and care of several out-patient animals on a daily basis.
international animal rescuegoa
Animal Tracks is the name of International Animal Rescueís centre in the town of Mapusa in the north of Goa. It was opened in 1998 by John Hicks and his wife Jo to relieve the suffering of the local stray dog and cat populations.
Over the years the centre has grown from a few makeshift cages under a palm leaf roof to a fully equipped vet clinic with a kennel block housing 90 dogs and a purpose-built cattery for 50 cats. The centre has two surgeries, an x-ray and ECG machine and equipment for orthopaedic surgery. They employ 28 full-time members of staff including six fully qualified vets under the leadership of Veterinary Director Astrid Almeida.
From initially treating almost solely stray dogs and cats, the clinic has expanded to treat all kinds of animals, both domestic and wild and the centre has about 200 animals in care at any one time. As well as dogs and cats, They also provide rehabilitation and shelter for injured livestock, birds and wildlife. John and Jo also provide sanctuary for a number of monkeys that have been rescued from captivity or injured on the busy roads.
India Project for Animals and Nature (IPAN) is an animal welfare organisation dedicated to preventing cruelty towards animals, improving the health and welfare of domestic and wild animals, protecting the environment and by doing so, improving the livelihoods of people who depend on them. IPAN believes that 'Animal Welfare Means Human Welfare'.
Established in 1997, IPAN is a registered Trust, managed by a Board of Trustees and headed by the Managing Trustee Nigel Otter, a well-known animal activist in India who has received several awards for his dedication to animal welfare and nature conservation.
In the small village of Mavanalla, IPAN runs an animal shelter - the Hill View Farm Animal Refuge - but IPAN's work, especially in the humane animal handling and animal birth control programmes, are known far and wide outside the Nilgiris district as well.
Indian Society For Animal-Human Welfare (iSAW) formed with the objective of protecting the welfare of animals and people in Nagpur in 2005. It is recognised by the Animal Welfare Board of India and is also a member of the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO).
They run a regular animal clinic as well as animal health camps to provide veterinary services and medicines free of charge to sick and injured animals. They also run a successful Animal Birth Control - Rabies Vaccination programme, which treated over 13,000 animals between 2006 and 2010.
iSAW runs campaigns to protect donkeys, sparrows and other birds, and awareness campaigns on responsible dog ownership.
They have a separate wing for school students, Young Angels for Animals, which aims to spread compassion and kindness to animals through its various classroom programmes.
people for animalsbhubaneshwar, coimbatore, erode, goa, kolkata, trivandrum
People for Animals is India's largest animal welfare organisation with a nationwide network of 250,000 members, 160 units and 26 hospitals. With Mrs Maneka Gandhi as the chairperson, the organisation undertakes animal rescue and rehabilitation work across the country. It is their aim to set up animal welfare centres in each of India's 600 districts.
What they do:
Create Infrastructure - Upgrade and establish facilities for animal rescue and rehabilitation such as shelters, ambulances, mobile clinics and helplines. Street Animal Sterilisation – Conduct sterilisation and vaccination programmes for street dogs in order to bring down their numbers in a humane manner. Influence Policy – Act as a pressure group to bring about environment and animal friendly legislation. Ensure implementation of animal welfare laws – Take direct action through units to protect animals and punish offenders. Animal Adoption Drives – Undertake massive adoption drives for Indian dogs and cats. Educate and sensitise - Introduce animal welfare in schools as a teaching or extra-curricular activity.
vets for animalsnagpur
Vets For Animals (VFA) is a group of veterinarians who came together to provide excellent veterinary services for the wellbeing of animals. Dr Shridhar Budhe and Dr Shashikant Jadhav, both with a broad experience of animal welfare work, founded the organization in 2007. VFA's main activities are Animal Birth Control, training of vets, animal welfare activities and provision of technical support to other animal welfare organisations and NGOs who require their expertise.
VFA has sterilized more than 30000 dogs and vaccinated 14000 dogs to date across a number of locations, including Rajkot, Banglore, Hubli, Sangali, Satara, Kolhapur, Chintamani and Magalwedha. The organization has also run many ABC camps in rural locations and gives regular surgical training sessions to field vets.
VFA provides their technical services to assist in the treatment of injured birds during the Kite Festival in Ahmedabad. VFA is working to minimize rabies incidence through vaccination programmes and plan to open an animal hospital at Koparde Haveli Karad to provide treatment for large and small animals in this rural area.
Welfare for Animals in Goa (WAG) helps stray animals of Goa in three different ways.
Firstly, they have a beach monitoring and feeding programme, to help beach cats and dogs that are isolated by the monsoon and suffering food shortages when tourism is out of season from May until October. The priority is always to sterilize (neuter) the dogs in the local area to help control the population.
Secondly, they have an adoption scheme, where they rehome abandoned animals and, where necessary, provide medicine, vaccinations against rabies and common viral diseases as well as ongoing support to their caretakers. This includes financial support for neutering.
Finally, they have a small cow rehoming shelter, where they treat injured stray cows and, when they are fit, they are rehomed to a farm and never put them back on the streets to suffer the risk of garbage ingestion and starvation.wagoa.com
Malawi Education Campaign
2017 marks the 3rd year of Mission Rabies’ arrival in Blantyre, Malawi and we want this to be our biggest and best year yet.
Join us as we educate both children and adults about rabies over a four week period in our fight to eliminate rabies from Malawi.
|Suitability:||Vets, Vet Nurses, Vet Students, Vet Nurse Students, Non-Vets|
Mega drive Blantyre Expedition
2017 marks the 3rd year of vaccinating in Blantyre, Malawi and we want this to be our biggest and best year yet.
Join us as we vaccinate over 35,000 dogs against rabies over a four week period in our fight to eliminate rabies from Malawi.
|Suitability:||Vets, Vet Nurses, Vet Students, Vet Nurse Students, Non-Vets|
Mission Rabies sri lanka expedition
Negombo, Sri Lanka
For the 2nd time we are offering the chance for volunteers to join us in Sri Lanka. It is a fantastic opportunity to join our team in their third and final year of vaccinating dogs in the Negombo region, north of Colombo.
You will be going door to door in Negombo identifying dogs, getting involved in drawing up vaccines, giving out proof of vaccination certificates to owners, marking dogs to identify them as vaccinated, conducting mark re-sight surveys and distributing educational material.
|Suitability:||Vets, Vet Nurses, Vet Students, Vet Nurse Students, Non-Vets|