Make a difference on World Rabies Day

Tomorrow is World Rabies Day.

Organizations in more than 125 countries will aim to raise awareness and understanding about this preventable disease.

More than 55,000 people die every year from rabies – about one person every 10 minutes.

Domestic animals (cats, dogs, cows, horses) are at risk of getting rabies from wild rabid animals or unvaccinated animals who have been in contact with infected animals.

In some part of the world, extreme measures get taken because of the possible risk of diabetes. Twenty million dogs are killed every year, with the fear of rabies the most common excuse.

Last year the World Society for the Protection of Animals decided to take action against these senseless killings.

Through their Collars Not Cruelty campaign, dogs around the world dogs are vaccinated against rabies. The dogs are then given a red collar to wear so everyone knows they’ve had their shot.

As for getting involved locally in World Rabies Day, the Toronto Humane Society offers three easy ways:
1. Vaccinate your pet.

2. Spread awareness. Get the word out to family and friends – maybe with a quick tweet or Facebook update.
3. Volunteer: Contact your local health department, animal control personnel or vet to find out how you can help.

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