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On World Rabies Day (September 28), the Vishaka Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals launched a new campaign to save rural dogs in their area. The organization has been vaccinating street dogs in India for many years with support from GreaterGood.org's Gifts That Give More program.
They have targeted more than 3,000 dogs to spay/neuter and vaccinate against rabies in villages throughout the region in the first phase of a new program that they hope will eventually treat more than 10,000 dogs.
Rabies still remains a serious threat to the health of animals and people throughout rural India.
Fear of rabies outbreaks often leads to cruelty, with dogs killed brutally by frightened villagers. VSPCA's program is one of the most advanced in India, and sterilizes and vaccinates an average of forty dogs a day. All these dogs have their ears are notched for identification and protection.
VSPCA also works with the community to create better understanding and care for the dogs, encouraging adoption whenever possible.
GreaterGood.org's support for worldwide efforts to spay/neuter and vaccinate street dogs against rabies is made possible by contributions from The Animal Rescue Site.
Photo: A woman decides to adopt one of the newly treated street dogs at a VSPCA event on Sept. 28. Photo courtesy of VSPCA.