Join clinics from across the country to create a world where no one dies from rabies.
“We were excited to join the WSU Eliminate Rabies Campaign because it gives us an opportunity to help animals and humans (especially children) that are directly affected by this deadly virus. Rabies is a disease with a real possibility of elimination and we are proud to be a part of that effort. Go Cougs!”
-- Kathleen Paulson, DVM owner of Cascade Heights Veterinary Center, Seattle
Why Partner with WSU?
The WSU Allen School is a primary academic partner with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, an international organization whose mission is to prevent human deaths from rabies and reduce the incidence of rabies in dog populations. Our research discoveries are helping to increase the effectiveness of vaccination campaigns around the world.
- An estimated 70 percent of dogs in a community must be vaccinated to reach herd immunity and prevent the spread of rabies through dog bites to other dogs, wildlife, and people.
- Rabies vaccines stored at warmer than recommended temperatures still protect against the disease in dogs. This finding could lead to improved vaccination coverage in hard to reach, rural areas in Africa and Asia where electricity is limited.
- By reaching herd immunity in dogs (70 percent vaccination rate), it will prevent rabies from spreading to wildlife, such as lions. Dogs, rather than wildlife, are the reservoir for the disease in Africa and Asia.
- Children, not adults, bring dogs to central-point mass-dog vaccination clinics, so scheduling around school holidays greatly increases the likelihood of reaching the 70 percent threshold needed for herd immunity.
We hope you will partner with us and join our efforts to eliminate rabies as a human health concern. Veterinary clinic partners find creative ways to promote the program that fit with their business model, company culture and community needs. Here are a few ideas:
- Donate $1 or another set amount per rabies vaccine administered. Or any donation!
- Promote the campaign on the clinic website, blog, newsletter or social media channels.
- Host a free or reduced-price rabies vaccination clinic for your community and ask for donations. This is a great option for communities that have low vaccination rates.
- Brainstorm another unique way that works with your staff like selling shirts, collecting donations at the desk, or hosting an open house.
- Share the message by hanging posters, postcards or other materials in your clinic.
If your veterinary clinic is looking for additional information on how to promote the WSU Eliminate Rabies program at your office, contact Christie Cotterill at 206-219-2402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.