I was 10 years old when Irene married Dutch and we moved to the farm. Dutch had his toy poodle, Lisa, but we soon got a farm dog, Cindy the Collie. Dutch taught me many things, one of which was the importance of caring for your companion animals. Each year he loaded up the farm dog and took it to the vet in the next town over to make sure it was up to date on all its shots.
Sunday, September 28th has been designated as World Rabies Day for 2014. The Global Alliance for Rabies Control’s vision is a world free of human rabies. Their mission: to prevent human deaths from rabies and relieve the burden of rabies in other animal populations, especially dogs.
The information on their website about the rabies epidemic in undeveloped countries might lead one to believe that we American city dwellers don’t have as much to worry about.
This news alert from a couple of weeks ago concerns a neighborhood not far from mine.
Some quick rabies facts:
- It is transmitted via saliva in bites from dogs, bats, raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and even cats.
- It attacks the central nervous system.
- It is fatal in humans unless immediately treated.
- It is found on every continent but Antarctica.
- It is well controlled in most developed countries through ongoing public health measures.
North Carolina (like many states) requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets over the age of four months to be vaccinated and for boosters to be administered every three years. Wake County Animal Control and the Wake County Animal Center support this requirement through education and $5.00 rabies clinics. The next clinic is October 4, 2014 at the Southern Regional Center in Fuquay-Varina. Check the WCAC events schedule often because new clinics are always being added. BTW: These are also $10.00 microchip clinics – a terrific way to make sure you don’t lose your precious family member.
Share your pics with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control to celebrate the bond between people and their companion animals by posting to the GARC Facebook page or on Twitter using #TogetherAgainstRabies.
And make sure to spread the word about the importance of rabies prevention.