World Rabies Day

Welcome to World Rabies Day! 

September 28 is World Rabies Day, an opportunity for people around the world to unite in rabies prevention. 

Every year hundreds of thousands of people like you organize and take part in events.

Although September 28 has now passed, events are still going on. To find out what is happening in your area click here. To register an event under the banner of World Rabies Day, click here.

What can you do?

The individual events themselves vary enormously, from educating village elders in remote areas to national media campaigns, from sponsored runs to mass dog vaccinations.


When people know about rabies, understand how is is transmitted and what to do when a person is exposed to the virus, lives are saved. 

There are lots of ways to raise awareness - you could organize a rally, visit a school to talk to the children about safety around dogs, and/or encourage your local newspaper or radio station to recognize World Rabies Day.

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'.


Stopping rabies in dogs is the key to preventing the disease in people. If you can organize a mass vaccination of dogs in your area, this is powerful way to prevent the spread of the virus.


In countries where rabies is no longer endemic, people raise money to support our work. They might take part in a sponsored run or sell something they no longer want on ebay and donate the money to us. You can do this too. Click here to find out more about fundraising.

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.
Click here to get started now.

How to get involved

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.

Check out other events around the world and in your area or click here to get started now.