Free rabies vaccinations on World Rabies Day

by on 2012-09-26

Ubud: In honor of World Rabies Day, which will fall on Sept. 28, Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) will be offering free rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs, and free education sessions on rabies.

The program will be held for one week at the BAWA clinic in banjar Klingkung, Lodtunduh, Ubud, from Sept. 28 to Oct. 5. In coordination with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and acknowledged by Animal Husbandry and Livestock Agency Gianyar, BAWA will also hold the same program for one day in banjar Suwat, Gianyar, on Sept. 28.

Every year, 55,000 people in the world die of rabies. More than half of the victims are children below the age of 15. Rabies is 100 percent preventable through animal vaccinations and education on post-exposure treatments.

Kate Atema of IFAW said, “Rabies is a fatal disease, but it is 100 percent preventable.”

“Thanks to BAWA’s early push to vaccinate, not eliminate, Bali is on its way to being rabies free. The international community supports Bali’s efforts to eradicate rabies through vaccination.”

BAWA founding director Janice Girardi, notes, “We can only control the wide spread of rabies throughout Bali through awareness and vaccination. This program is to help create responsible pet ownership among pet owners and to help the community to be more attentive to rabies prevention.

“If your pets have not been vaccinated against rabies, please bring them to receive a free rabies vaccine and free education material on rabies. Please help make Bali rabies free in a humane way. Vaccinate, don’t eliminate. The only answer to eradicate rabies is through vaccination.”

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