This Saturday (28 September 2019), marks World Rabies Day and Mayhew International hopes to raise £10K to vaccinate 10,000 dogs in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Without a vaccine, rabies is fatal in 99.9% of cases – and so by vaccinating dogs, the animal welfare charity hopes to prevent both humans and animals from dying a horrible and painful death.
Communities in Kabul cannot afford the vaccine against rabies and as rabid dogs can sometimes show no symptoms, the risk of humans becoming infected is extremely high.
Rabies is transmitted through saliva, scratched and bites, and can be passed from human to human, as well as dog to dog, and dog to human. In Afghanistan, dogs are the most common source of rabies transmission.
The Mayhew team have already raised a whopping £5000 – half of their target but are hoping to reach their £10,000 target by World Rabies Day on Saturday (28th September).
A spokesperson for Mayhew said: “Before our Afghanistan team started our mass rabies vaccination programme in Kabul back in 2001, over 1,800 people dies there each year from rabies. Many of these deaths were children.
“Since then, Mayhew International has been working to improve and save the lives of the local community and street dogs alike. We are now asking for help to vaccinate 10,000 dogs by the end of 2019, at a cost of £1 per dog.”
Mayhew’s campaign launched on their digital channels on Thursday 12 September and has an astonishing response so far.
To find our more and if you would like to make a donation you can visit Mayhew’s Just Giving Page here.