Mission Rabies Fights Rabies in Both Dogs and Humans

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With a mortality rate of 99.9 percent, it’s no exaggeration to call rabies the deadliest disease in the world. There’s a vaccine to prevent it, and, if bitten by a rabid animal, immediate treatment is available. However, if treatment is delayed until clinical signs develop, the disease is fatal.

Rabies in humans

Dr. Plotnick and his Mission Rabies team, including fellow veterinarian Dr. Alyssa Watson Rohnkohl.

Dr. Plotnick and his Mission Rabies team, including fellow veterinarian Dr. Alyssa Watson Rohnkohl.

Human cases of rabies are rare in the United States. Sadly, rabies remains a problem in many underdeveloped parts of the world, killing an estimated 60,000 people annually, the majority of which are children under the age of 15.

Most cases of rabies occur as a result of a dog bite. Millions of healthy dogs are inhumanely persecuted and killed for fear of this lethal disease, which does little to stop the spread of the virus. Numerous studies have shown that a combination of sterilization and vaccination of dogs in endemic areas is the most effective, long-term strategy for controlling rabies.

Mission Rabies’ Work

Mission Rabies, founded in 2013, is a charity with an ambitious goal: to eliminate canine rabies once and for all. As a veterinarian who has vaccinated thousands of dogs and cats against rabies, I was naturally drawn to the organization, and in late 2018, I joined its team of motivated volunteers.

Approximately 95 percent of all human cases occur in Asia and Africa. India is especially hard hit, with one-third of all global human rabies deaths occurring there. In October, we set our sights on Goa, India. Studies have shown that vaccinating 70 percent of the dogs in a rabies-prevalent area controls the disease in both humans and dogs. Our 14-day mission in Goa was simple: Vaccinate as many dogs as possible.

On the Ground with Mission Rabies

 This young boy’s Pug was vaccinated, and the boy given a Mission Rabies wristband.

This young boy’s Pug was vaccinated, and the boy given a Mission Rabies wristband.

After meeting my fellow volunteers, the teams were assembled. Each team consisted of a team leader (an experienced Mission Rabies member), a vaccinator (usually a veterinarian or veterinary student), a data recorder, a “painter” (the person who marks the dogs, usually on the head, to show that they have been vaccinated) and two to four animal handlers. The handlers are local residents experienced in catching the free-roaming strays that populate the area.

Our days began at the crack of dawn. Armed with nets, vaccines, needles and syringes, we canvassed our assigned area. Some days were devoted solely to catching stray dogs. Other days, we went door to door vaccinating dogs owned by the local residents.

The mission was a rousing success. During my two-week stint, the teams collectively vaccinated over 5,000 dogs. Although the days were long, the heat and humidity were oppressive, and the work was physically grueling, the entire experience was exhilarating. I met and formed lasting friendships with veterinarians, technicians and other animal lovers from all over the world. The local residents were deeply appreciative of the work we were doing. Mission Rabies began its Goa campaign in 2013. In 2014, 17 people died from rabies in Goa. No one died in Goa of rabies in 2018. Zero. We are making a difference.

About the author

Dr. Arnold Plotnick is the founder of Manhattan Cat Specialists on Manhattan’s upper west side. He is also an author of The Original Cat Fancy Cat Bible. Dr. Plotnick is a frequent contributor to feline publications and websites, including his own blog, Cat Man Do. He lives in New York City with his cats, Mittens and Glitter.

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Dug Up at Dogster: April 2019 Dogs Events

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April brings showers, flower and must-do dog events! Don’t see a dog event you know about on this dog events listing? Email us at dogstermag@belvoir.com to get on the list!

All month: National Heartworm Awareness Month and National Adopt a Greyhound Month

March 26—April 14: Uplift the Underdog Contest

Petcurean hosts its second annual “Uplift the Underdog” contest to help raise awareness and increase adoption opportunities for “underdogs” – those dogs in shelters who are often overlooked due to age, medical conditions or other issue. 

Petcurean hosts its second annual “Uplift the Underdog” contest to help raise awareness and increase adoption opportunities for “underdogs” – those dogs in shelters who are often overlooked due to age, medical conditions or other issue.

Premium pet food manufacturer Petcurean hosts its second annual “Uplift the Underdog” contest to help raise awareness and increase adoption opportunities for “underdogs” – those dogs in shelters who are often overlooked due to age, medical conditions or other issue. Rescue groups and shelters are encouraged to enter their most overlooked dogs who fall in one of three categories: those who have medical or physical challenges, those with behavior or emotional issues, or those who are super seniors. The contest is open to all rescues and shelters across the United States and Canada now through April 14, 2019. Beginning on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (April 30), dog lovers can vote for their favorite dog in each category through uplifttheunderdog.comThe dogs in each category that receive the most votes within one week will be named category winners on May 7, 2019.

April 2: Premiere of the book The Animal’s Companion

The Animal's Companion: People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story by Jacky Colliss Harvey

The Animal’s Companion: People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story by Jacky Colliss Harvey

Drawing on literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence of our relationships with other species, acclaimed cultural detective and lifelong pet owner Jacky Colliss Harvey uses her compelling storytelling skills and keen eye for historical investigation to explore the history not of the pet, but of humans as pet owners. In The Animal’s Companion, Jacky discusses the when, the how, and the why behind our connection to the animals we take into our lives; the latest scientific thinking; plus suggests new insights into this most long-standing of all human love affairs. Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers. $14.99.

April 6: Spring Doggie Fashion Show

Proceeds for the event go back into flying more rescue dogs to safe shelters.

Proceeds for the event go back into flying more rescue dogs to safe shelters.

Check out the show hosted by Gate Nine Boutique where most of the “models” are rescue dogs.  Anne Zeneski and her husband fly rescue dogs for Pilots N Paws from high kill shelters to safe shelters where they will be adopted into their forever homes. Proceeds for the event go back into flying more rescue dogs to safe shelters. Doors open 11 am at The Cotton Company, 306 W. White Street, Wake Forest, North Carolina.

April 13—14: 2019 Dog Cosplay

Dog Cosplay

Sign up outgoing dogs for the Dog Cosplay at the Denver Indie Comics & Art Expo in Colorado

Celebrate a mix of nerd and canine culture at this year’s Denver Indie Comics & Art Expo in Colorado, where artists, writers, creators, tattoo artists and much more gather for panel discussions, exhibits, crafts sessions and fun contests like this. Just sign up your dog and dress him up (only if he wants) in a character or element from the nerd culture realm that you create. Finalists compete on the Main Stage with a fashion show. Info at dinkdenver.com.

April 14: 26th Annual Behind-the-Scenes of an Animal Hospital

Don't miss the 26th year of the Paumanok Veterinary Hospital's open house in Patchogue, New York.

Don’t miss the 26th year of the Paumanok Veterinary Hospital’s open house in Patchogue, New York.

For 26 years, the Paumanok Veterinary Hospital has opened its doors to allow the community to see first hand what goes on behind the scenes of an animal hospital. This year’s event will also feature volunteer dog teams from the Patchogue Rotary Animal Assisted Therapy Program (PRAAT), information about pet health and wellness; dDemonstrations with Green Screen Photography, canine obedience and pet acupuncture and laser therapy. Plus, you’ll get a chance for give-aways and a whole lot more. The event is free and family friendly. For the safety of all attendees, please leave your pet(s) home.

April 19-20: 20th Annual Boardwalkin’ for Pets Weekend

Kick off the weekend with a dinner and silent auction on Friday April 19th plus a walk on the Ocean City Boarkwalk for a good cause on Saturday the 20th. This Ocean City, Maryland event raises funds for the private, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter — the Worcester County Humane Society. It’s the largest fundraiser held each year, so please join. Hundreds of pet friends and families meet at the Inlet and the boards in downtown Ocean City to walk as far as they or their pet like. Registration has no minimum, but an entry of $25 will get your pet a bandana, a donation of $50 will get you a bandana and a t-shirt and a donation of $100 or more will get you all of that plus a beach towel with the logo. There will be water stops along the way as well as “Beach Photos” by professional photographer Images by Sara, complimentary for all teams and individuals participating in the walk. At the end of the morning there will be contests and members of the Ocean City K-9 team, Ocean City Animal Control and the Ocean City Mounted Units. Click here for more information.

April 23: Book premiere: Swimming for Sunlight

Book premiere of Swimming for Sunlight

Book premiere of Swimming for Sunlight

Pet parents of anxious dogs will love this fiction book by international bestselling author Allie Larkin, who herself has an anxious dog, Stella. After Katie Ellis’ divorce, she and her dog, Bark, move back to Florida to live with her grandmother, Nan. Katie and Bark struggle between anxiety and hope in this new life venture. This novel of hope, loss and friendships — both human and furry — make for the perfect spring read. Published by Atria; $15.99.

April 26-28: America’s Family Pet Expo

America's Family Expo in Costa Mesa, California

America’s Family Expo in Costa Mesa, California

This is a truly fun family show in Costa Mesa, California, with lots of pets, pet organizations, pet adoptions and pet products. Check out the police K-9 demonstrations plus other puptacular demonstrations like diving dogs, dog breed presentations and cooking for your dog. Latest details at petexpooc.org.

April 27: Ocean Bark Charity Reception

Bulldog Realtors showcases beachside listings and homes for hounds. An architectural doghouse with options for air conditioning and sound filtering (think canine sensitivity to July 4th fireworks) will be on display and available for purchase, made to order. Cost for this starts $3,650 from local LA builder, Taj Rahil.

This architectural doghouse with options for air conditioning and sound filtering is on display and available for purchase, made to order.

Join Bulldog Realtors as it hosts charity reception Ocean Bark at its new Main Street, Santa Monica office benefiting Road Dogs and Rescue, which helps find homes for bulldogs. The event will feature a silent auction, raffle, bites and sips. Free RSVP hereAn architectural doghouse with options for air conditioning  and sound filtering (think canine sensitivity to July 4th fireworks) will be on display and available for purchase, made to order. Cost for this starts $3,650 from local LA builder, Taj Rahil. Bulldog’s real estate office also features high-end canine products, including remote cameras soyou talk to your canine while at the office. Check out Bulldog Realtors Bulldog of the week on Instagram @bulldogrealtors.

April 29: Art Exhibit: Working Like a Dog

Renowned sportswoman Elisabeth Ireland Poe with her dogs — just one of the prints, paintings and sculptures at the Working Like a Dog exhibit.

Renowned sportswoman Elisabeth Ireland Poe with her dogs — just one of the prints, paintings and sculptures at the Working Like a Dog exhibit. ©Pebble Hill Plantation

See dogs hunting, retrieving, herding and guarding in paintings, prints and sculptures from the 17th through the 20th centuries in this beautiful exhibit open now through April 29 at the Pebble Hill Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia (pebblehill.com). Admire works created by influential and celebrated American and British sporting, animal and wildlife artists. Plus, view an exhibit showcasing working dogs who lived with generations of the Hanna family, owners of the plantation.

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