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A Helping Hand from Locals

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A Helping Hand from Locals

On a rabies drive, we set up both static clinics and conduct door-to-door vaccinations in the area we are serving.

Our day started out by driving into the hills and valleys around Kabale. Our best laid plans ended up changing multiple times as we received new information from community members about where the dogs lived.

Neighborhood children and even adult locals are always helpful in directing us where vaccinations are most needed! We ended up vaccinating many more dogs than we were expecting thanks to the locals helping us out.

This sweet dog was very stressed when he arrived, but the child who brought him was able to gently calm him down so he could be vaccinated.

Photo 4 This sweet dog was very stressed when he arrived, but the child who brought him was able to gently calm him down so he could be vaccinated.

After a full day, we said goodbye to Kabale and traveled to our next stop: Kisoro. On the way, we drove through a small mountain town where we discovered there were very few dogs (if any) due to problems that the homeowners had with dogs harming their sheep. For the majority of the day we set up a static clinic in the Kangungo market, where we were able to vaccinate 95 dogs. As of yesterday, Mission Rabies has given 1,205 rabies vaccinations to dogs and a few cats.

—Peggy Burris, DVM, & Dawn McCluskey, DVM

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