Our dogs are very lucky to have us. We walk them, feed them healthy food and take them to the vet whenever they are sick. Imagine if you lived in a community where dogs aren’t so lucky. Where they live in fear of being killed because of fear of rabies or overpopulation.
Before 2000 when you helped us launch a humane dog program on the island of Zanzibar, Ali Mzee and Fox lived in that community. With limited access to veterinary care, dogs were never vaccinated for rabies and other diseases. They weren’t spayed or neutered. And they were feared.
Ali arrived early one morning – before our team had begun their community outreach. He bought Fox on his bicycle. Fox, a small black and tan puppy was sick. But Ali was diligent. He had already vaccinated Fox and his other dogs from rabies. And the team suspected it was distemper – a painful virus that can kill.
Ali and Fox needed help immediately. Thanks to you, the World Animal Protection veterinary team was there to help. Education and vaccination are key to improving responsible pet ownership and ensuring that dogs are no long needlessly killed in a misguided attempt to control the population.
Ali and Fox needed help immediately. Thanks to you, the World Animal Protection veterinary team was there to help.