ABC/AR – Animal Birth Control-Anti Rabies

Here is something you need to know about the strays in India

Fact #1

India has the highest numbers of stray dogs in the world at an approximated 62 million.

Fact #2

India also has the highest amount of human deaths by rabies. 95% of the time this is the result of a dog bite.

Fact #3

Historically, and in some communities today, the Indian government has taken to mass culling, an inhumane method that actually does not solve the problem.

Fact #4

To have a successful ABC/AR Animal Birth Control/Anti Rabies program, 90% of the dogs in the area must be sterilized and 70% vaccinated per The World Health Organization’s protocol.

Fact #5

In 2008, 3 people died of rabies in Dharamsala as a result of a dog bite, including a 4 year old child. There are been at least one reported death every year since. Most rabies deaths in Dharamsala go unreported. 

Here is what we are doing about it


In 2009 DAR sent staff to be trained in humane dog catching and sterilization surgeries


In mid 2009 DAR began it’s mass sterilization and vaccination program.


In 2014 a second vet was hired to just perform spay/neuters.


Between 2009 and 2014 over 2000 sterilization surgeries have been performed and more than twice that number have been vaccinated for rabies.


Between 2015 and 2018 2059 sterilization surgeries have vaccinated 3549 for rabies.


In 2017, we started our annual roaming dog populations surveys to determine how to reach suggested scientific goals to stabilize population and eliminate rabies: 90% sterilization and 70% vaccination. We divided a section of the town into 25 distinct areas to focus our efforts on. To learn more about our program, click HERE.



To learn more about rabies click HERE.

The cost of keeping everyone safe


Anti rabies vaccine


Cost for a female spay and post operative care (based on 3 day stay)








Injections (Antibiotic,painkiller,multivitamin, Dewormer, Anesthetics)

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Thank you so much for caring for our animals and people.