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Running around parks, play-fighting with one another and basking on car rooftops, street dogs are an integral part of India’s landscape. Millions of street dogs coexist with people in the country's thriving cities and villages.

However, the lives of street dogs are brimming with issues. They struggle with negative encounters with people who commonly assume them to be a ‘problem’, with those who are often terrified of being bitten by dogs, or in the worst case, of contracting rabies. Lack of awareness often leads to incidents of violence against dogs – including illegal killings; making for a miserable life for these street animals. Added to this, they are often faced with disease, starvation and neglect.

With our Rabies Free India programme, we seek to foster a positive relationship between dogs and people, and create a healthy ecosystem where both flourish. We aim to do this through a  multi-pronged approach that involves all stakeholders - the government, animal protection groups and the community itself.

We undertake the following activities to this end:

  • Community Engagement: We work with the local community, who are often parents to neighborhood animals, to develop a positive relationship between dogs and people.
  • Anti-Rabies Vaccination Programmes:  We push for mass ARV programmes at regular intervals for all street dogs in a society.
  • Post-Bite Counselling: We set up centers for counselling of dog bite victims to prevent anger and misinformation driven violence/killing of dogs.
  • Dog Bite Prevention Education: We work with the government to create opportunities for teaching kids and communities at risk methods to prevent dog bites and, as an extension, rabies.
  • Animal Birth Control: We ask for monitoring committees to be set up at the state level to ensure a smooth running ABC programme. NGOs, activists and local corporations alike should be a part of these monitoring committees.
  • On-Site First Aid: We work with a network of volunteers to provide immediate help to street dogs suffering from illness and injury.

This strategy is being actively implemented in our state networks - in Kerala, Punjab and Assam.

Kerala

Punjab

Assam

National network

Rabies Free India, in line with WHO’s ‘One Health’ approach and the ‘End Rabies Now’ initiative, aims to ensure that better policies are put in place and communities empowered to provide quality care to animals, thereby fostering a positive relationship between communities and their resident animals, ultimately leading to the alleviation of the overarching problem of human-animal conflict.

The following organisations are in line with our vision for a Rabies Free India:

Sukuki Exnora

Our Partner Organisation

Rabies Free India Timeline

2017
December 14
December 13
November 15
August 8

Kerala

Education on rabies and dog-bite prevention conducted in Vattiyoorkavu school, Trivandrum for 100 students.
July 19

Kerala

Education on rabies and dog-bite prevention conducted in Manakkad TTI school, Trivandrum for 200 students.

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