Bali Street Dogs Get Shots, Not Shot

by Mary Haight on September 29, 2010

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World Society for the Protection of Animals has designed a comprehensive rabies inoculation program in partnership with the government of Bali to administer vaccinations to the islands 400,000 street dogs.  Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA), a key partner in this effort, has already vaccinated approximately 65,000 dogs, 70% of the dogs in two provinces in a pilot program earlier this year.  The balance of the vaccine for the island-wide effort is being provided by AusAid.

World Rabies Awareness day was on the 28th and what better way to celebrate than this. It has taken nearly two years of lobbying the government and working with village elders to get the go ahead to work the pilot program that led to this success. It’s estimated that in that span of time 200,00 to 300,000 dogs have been killed in culling practices.

Rabies is a devastating disease and unless you catch its progression very quickly with post bite shots before symptoms develop, nothing will help you.  The first Balinese died of rabies two years ago.  Authorities think others have died without it being reported as rabies. Due to a shortage of the after-bite vaccine, there have been 76 deaths over two years in a population of 3 million, an epidemic according to reports.

Of the estimated 600,000,000 dogs in the world, 80% are strays–a major humane and public health issue.

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