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Until 2008, the island nation of Bali was considered free of any rabies threat.
However, a large, unvaccinated roaming dog population became infected and has since the disease quickly throughout the island. The rapid spread of rabies has caused the death of hundreds of Balinese and led to widespread fear and indiscriminate dog killing.
To protect both the human and canine populations of the island, the International Fund for Animal Welfare has partnered with World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA). Using the expertise of IFAW's Bali-based team, Indonesian Animal Welfare (InAW), this program aims to vaccinate at least 70% of the island's dogs within six months by simultaneously deploying up to 12 teams of 8 to 10 expert animal handlers, veterinarians and educators.
In 2010, BAWA completed a successful pilot vaccination program in Gianyar and Bangli.
To learn more about this project, please click here.
GreaterGood.org has been a major supporter of IFAW's efforts to vaccinate dogs against rabies around the world, helping to fund programs in Haiti and South Africa, among others.