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8 Things I Learned My First Week in Goa

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8 Things I Learned My First Week in Goa

After supporting Mission Rabies the past several years, it is incredible to finally be on the ground, working with the Mission Rabies team. Here are the top 8 things I’ve learned this week.


There are more dogs than cats in Goa, more cows than water buffalo, and more goats than sheep! In fact, I have witnessed all of the above often resting right in the middle of the road.

Cows wander the streets right alongside motorcycles and cars.
Cows wander the streets right alongside motorcycles and cars.

Cows wander the streets right alongside motorcycles and cars.


It’s okay to honk your car, bus, or motorcycle horn in Goa. It simply means “I want you to know I’m here!” With 1.5 million people in Goa, there is a lot of horn blowing.


There are many caring pet owners in Goa. These devoted pet owners are eager to bring out their vaccination record cards from previous years so we can update them.



Tyson, Sweetie, Tiny, Rocko, Chica, and Max are all popular pet names in Goa.



Goa has the best drivers anywhere. Riding through traffic is similar to an amusement park ride, but we haven’t seen one single fender bender.



We have adopted this local staff like our own. Amazingly passionate kids come from all over India for the job of catching dogs. Brief Media loves animals, and “our boys” love these animals like we do.


English is the most spoken language in India. Our team of locals (with the help of Google Translate) is trying to teach us Hindi.



Mission Rabies does more than just save people and pets from rabies in Goa. This organization transforms the lives of these boys on the team and the adults and children in the community.

Watch for updates on social media, and be sure to check for updates at —Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth is the Founder & CEO of Brief Media.

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