Here is something you need to know about the dogs in India
India has the highest numbers of stray dogs in the world at an approximated 62 million.
India also has the highest amount of human deaths by rabies. 95% of the time this is the result of a dog bite. 40% of the time the victim is is an impoverished child under the age of 14.
Historically, and in some communities today, the Indian government has taken to mass culling, an inhumane method that actually does not solve the problem.
To have a successful rabies elimination program, 70% of the dogs in an area must be vaccinated per The World Health Organization’s protocol.
Rabies is 99% Fatal but 100% Preventable
Have your pets vaccinated against rabies.
If your cat or dog is sick, seek the advice of your veterinarian.
Get the dogs in your village/neighborhood vaccinated and sterilized.
Feed the dogs in your community to help develop trust.
Do not throw rocks, kick, or take any cruel action toward a dog, this will simply make them fearful of humans and they may bite to protect themselves.
All cruelty is a criminal offence and punishable under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
If Bitten – Take Immediate Action
Immediately cleanse the wound thoroughly with soapy water.
Do not apply irritants to the wound such as chilli powder, plant juices, acids or alkalis.
Apply ethanol or a similar antiseptic to prevent secondary infection.
Get medical attention immediately. Go to the nearest emergency room. In Dharamsala, go to Zonal Hospital.
Drinking Holy Water and applying turmeric will not help.
DO NOT DELAY. YOU NEED TREATMENT. Human rabies caused by the classical rabies virus continues to be almost 100% fatal, with no specific treatment available anywhere in the world.
Here is what we are doing about it
Annual 10-Day Rabies Vaccination and Awareness Camps
Every year starting on World Rabies Day, September 28th, DAR runs a 10-day Rabies Vaccination and Awareness Camp. We work with local feeders can caretakers and vaccinate approximately 1500 stray dogs and pets. In addition, we hand out fliers on what to do if you get bit, giving life-saving information.
Education in Schools
We feel that education is the way to a better future. We educate the community on Rabies to prevent unnecessary human deaths. We also teach compassion towards animals in hopes of preventing further cruelty and indifference. Our school program, Animal Buddies, teaches children how to be kind to unknown dogs even if they are afraid of them. To learn more look at our Humane Education page.
Dharamsala Animal Rescue relies solely on donations for our work
Thank you so much for caring for our animals and people.
2019 World Rabies Day Award - Asia
Awarded by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control and MSD Animal Health
World Rabies Day Animal Welfare Champion 2021 - DAR Director Pratibha
Awarded by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control and Boehringer Ingleheim.