Mission Rabies was born out of a desire to make a difference to the lives of millions of people and dogs across India.
In 2002, Luke Gamble founded the charity, Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS), with the aims of alleviating suffering and promoting the welfare and moral perception of animals around the world. Giving up his spare time to volunteer with the charity, Luke has seen, first-hand, the devastating effects of rabies on people and animals and was determined to do something about it. Many of the international animal welfare organisations that WVS work with have made huge strides in combating rabies through sustained vaccination of dogs, so Luke decided to harness these proven methods and join forces with WVS's vast network of animal welfare advocates to make a difference in India, the world's hotspot for rabies.
With the help of incredible sponsors like Dogs Trust, not to mention fantastic veterinary staff at the International Training Centre - established by WVS in Southern India and which has so far trained over 300 Indian vets in welfare-friendly neutering techniques - as well as a dedicated team back in the UK; Mission Rabies has developed from an idea into a reality which is set to save the lives of thousands of dogs and people across India.
Seeing the fear this disease creates in local communities and the needless cruel deaths of thousands of dogs, I knew I had to do something. As veterinary professionals, this is our opportunity to really give something back. Rabies can be stopped and we have the know-how to do it - we just need you to join us and make Mission Rabies a success.