Like every year, this year too, Tibet Charity joined global community to observe World Rabies Day. Though the day is observed globally on the 28th, we had to pre-pone it by a day so as to accommodate the preoccupations of our guests on the 28th.
We organized a simple public awareness function so as to educate the public about the risks of Rabies to human and their pets. Dr. K.C. Katoch, the Assistant Director of the Animal Husbandry Department, Dharamsala graced the occasion as the Chief Guest for the function. Dr. (Lady) Rangjung Dolma from Delek Hospital was invited as the Guest of honour. Besides the two, the function was attended by vets from Animal Husbandry Department, our volunteers, staff, students and many other guests.
The Director, Mr. Tsering Thundup la, welcomed the guests and explained briefly how Tibet Charity Animal Care Section (TCACS) was first started. He also explained how much success TCACS has achieved in such short span of time in controlling stray dog population and in controlling the spread of rabies among the stray dogs in places in and around Dharamsala. He mentioned that since Tibet Charity started Anti-Rabies vaccination program for the stray dogs in 2007, not even a single rabid dog cases has been reported in the region. He thanked the contributions of Brigitte Bardot Fondation, France, TCV School Dharamsala, Worldwide Veterinary Service, Animal SOS Denmark, Tibet Charity Denmark and Deb Jarret for ensuring the smooth functioning of the vet clinic. He also thanked the local Indian and Tibetan administrations for their kind cooperation and guidance.
Dr. Rangjung la commended Tibet Charity for this noble initiative and she was particularly impressed by the Blood Donors program of Tibet Charity.
The Chief Guest for the day, Dr. Katoch expressed his happiness for having the opportunity to be associated with the animal care activities of Tibet Charity since the start. He expressed profuse appreciation of the good works of TCACS in not only controlling the dog population but also in taking proper care of the general health of the stray dogs. He promised full cooperation from the side of the State Animal Husbandry Department in ensuring the success of animal care program of Tibet Charity.
After the formal function, Dr. Katoch inaugurated our 10 days anti-rabies vaccination program by giving the first vaccination to a stray dog adopted by Tibet Charity.
After the function was over, free anti-rabies vaccination was given to the pet dogs in McLeod Ganj. Before we wound up our free vaccination program for the day, 64 pet dogs received free anti-rabies vaccination.