Better Lives for Dogs
What would we do without dogs? They are our best friends, a cherished part of our families, and they protect us.
While most wouldn’t dream of harming their pet – suffering is a tragic reality for many dogs around the world, particularly where there are large numbers of dogs roaming the streets, and a high risk of catching rabies.
Many governments and communities are fearful of dogs – this is because up to 99% of human rabies are transmitted through dogs. Each year, nearly 10 million of them are inhumanely culled in a misguided attempt to eradicate the disease. That's 18 every minute.
Other issues include dogs being tragically killed in a bid to 'clean up the streets' before major events, and in response to livestock or wildlife attacks.
A compassionate solution
But this killing doesn’t stop the spread of rabies, and evidence shows it doesn't reduce the size of the dog population in the long term. There is a simpler and kinder solution: vaccination and humane dog population management.
We’ve already administered 1 million vaccinations in Africa and Asia, protecting dogs against rabies and the threat of being culled. Our goal is to build better lives for 50 million dogs around the world by 2020, by giving out another 1 million vaccinations.
Donate below to help us reach this target, and create better lives for dogs.
“Mass vaccination and responsible ownership of dogs will not just eliminate rabies – it will eliminate the fear of rabies and change the negative perception people have of dogs”
Steve McIvor, World Animal Protection CEO