Rabies is a ferocious disease that affects both cats and dogs. The virus can be easily transmitted through contact with the blood or saliva of an animal that is already infected. Rabies attacks the brain of infected animals resulting to aggressiveness and thus they are more likely to bite. Since Rabies is a zoonotic disease, it can be passed from infected animals to humans. Early symptoms include anxiety, agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, hydrophobia—the fear of water—and finally paralysis and death.
About three quarters of the world are strays and in some cities dog bites are at an alarming rate. The rapid growth of cats and dogs is a major concern for government officials since dog bites are mostly related to strays.
Rabies infection poses a great threat to the safety of the community, thus different countries came up with various measure to solve the problem.
The Philippines place second as the fastest increase in population of cats and dogs, in fact there is one pet dog for every 8 people in the country. This increase is from migrant workers have boosted disposable income and pet spending. However when owners feel inconvenient for having too much pets they tend to dump and neglect them in the streets, and sidewalks leaving this animals susceptible to diseases and infection.
Therefore, Republic Act No. 9482 or “The Anti-Rabies Act” which aims to providing the control and elimination of human and animal rabies, prescribing penalties for violation and appropriating funds.
However an anti-rabies vaccination alone is not enough to create a long term solution to the growing number of strays. Each month, an average city pound in the Philippines puts down 200 unwanted and unclaimed dogs.
About 90% of possible rabies bites are from strays. Dumped house pets which are not spayed or neutered and unvaccinated reproduce rapidly, making it more possible for the epidemic widespread of the disease.
PPBCC aims to increase awareness and conduct spay-neuter surgeries that prevent pet pregnancies which is a great idea to control the overpopulation of pets or even the stray animals.
Every little effort taken to spay a pet or a stray actually translates to preventing the birth of unwanted puppies or kittens, thus, saving lives.