Those of you who have been following this blog will know that we recently lost the whole Mavericks pack to rabies. This is a highly infectious disease, with almost 100% mortality once it gets into the wild dogs. Unfortunately, there is no cure, and nor is there yet any effective vaccine to prevent the disease in the wild dogs.
However, the disease is largely maintained in the domestic dog population, and spreads from them into the wildlife, and the good news is that there is an effective vaccine for domestic dogs. This means if we can keep the level of disease under control in the domestic dog population, we should be able to significantly reduce or even prevent outbreaks of the disease in the wild dog population, and other wildlife.
So – from the 17th to 22nd October, we will be carrying out a vaccination campaign in the domestic dogs surrounding the Save Valley Conservancy, in collaboration with AWARE Trust. We will aim to vaccinate up to 1000 dogs within 15km of the boundary. But we need more funds to do this… the more money we raise, the more dogs we can vaccinate and the more we can reduce the risk of further packs of wild dogs dying from this horrific disease.
The 5 in 1 vaccine which includes canine distemper and canine parvo-virus – both infectious diseases carried by domestic dogs which can kill wild dogs and other carnivores – is US$3.20 per vaccine. The rabies jab is $0.80. Plus we need funds for needles, syringes and diesel. Thanks to AWARE Trust, veterinary fees will be waived.
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