Annual Charan Kad Rabies Vaccination Camp
Charan Kad slum of Dharmsala, is home of displaced families from the poorest areas of India. They live in slums of up to 600 people, struggling to survive with begging and waste collection. Being out-of-state citizens they have no rights and no government support. There are also about 200 stray dogs living in the slum and with the families living in makeshift tents, it is a huge health risk to have unvaccinated dogs roaming around. Each year DAR, holds a rabies vaccination camp and then follows up with a ABC (Animal Birth Control) program to try to prevent the population from growing. Each year, the day before, we ask the villagers to help with catching and explain the risks of rabies. Many of the villagers get involved, especially the kids!
Annual World’s Rabies Day Education Program
Each year on September 28th, World’s Rabies Day, DAR provides and educational talk at a select school. DAR also offers free rabies vaccinations to any member of the community who brings their pet to us on that day. The program includes an interactive session with children, teaches, and parents, on rabies and compassion. Fun and learning is had by all.