World Rabies Day
Welcome to World Rabies Day!
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On 28th September every year, the world unites in the fight against rabies. World Rabies Day is a day of activism and awareness. It is an opportunity to for you to join the global movement to put an end to suffering rabies causes by organizing or taking part in a World Rabies Day event.
Any event held on or near September 28 and promotes awareness about rabies prevention or reduces rabies transmission, qualifies as a World Rabies Day event.
Too often, fear of rabies pitches people against dogs. But when dogs are vaccinated it stops the disease at its source and prevents human deaths.
In celebration of the interdependence of human and animal health, this year’s theme is #TogetherAgainstRabies.
The individual events themselves vary enormously, from educating village elders in remote areas to national media campaigns, from sponsored runs to mass dog vaccinations. Ideas for events are here
Road Show in Nigeria
A procession of people accompanied by dogs and horses, the local band and veterinarians, walked through the major streets of Lagos on World Rabies Day 2012.
Free rabies vaccines were also on offer in five different areas of the state: Agege, Alimosho, Badagry, Epe and Ikorudu.
The motto of the event 'We shall box out rabies out of our town'.
Fun Run in Quebec
To mark World Rabies Day 2013, the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal hosted its 4th annual FUN RUN. Runners of all ages and abilities all took part in the 5km. Many of them accompanied by their dog!
Participants paid a $15 entrance fee. Spectators were free!
It's all about you
The options for events are only limited by your imagination. Whatever you decide to do, we're here to provide expertise and support, and to help you publicize your event to maximize its success.
And, if you'd like to do something about rabies now, rather than waiting for September 28, then great! We're always here to help.
Doing something for World Rabies Day is a way you can make a positive impact on the world.
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As an event organiser, register your event beforehand and we will publicise it on this website.
To help you plan your event, we have a wide range of free, downloadable resources such as posters, flyers, factsheets, videos and classroom materials.
There is also free advice to help you maximize publicity in the media.
And, after your event, we'd like to celebrate your achievements with you. Upload your photos, tell us how it went, and get those who participated to comment as well. Your pictures and stories will go on this website alongside others from all over the world.