RABIES - What you need to know

Rabies is a disease caused by a virus found in the saliva of infected animals and is transmitted to pets and humans by bites, or possibly by contamination of an open cut. Treatment of an infected person as critical. Untreated, rabies causes a painful death.

Most animals can be infected by the virus and can transmit the disease to man. Infected bats, raccoons, foxes, skunks, dogs or cats provide the greatest risk to humans. Rabies may also spread through exposure to infected domestic farm animals, groundhogs , weasels and other wild carnivores. Squirrels, rodents and rabbits are seldom infected.

How Can You Prevent Rabies?

  • Have your pets vaccinated against rabies. Any pets which come in contact with wild animals are at risk. Many local health departments conduct public vaccination clinics for dogs and cats. Your veterinarian can also vaccinate your pet against rabies.
  • If your cat or dog has been bitten or attacked by a wild animal or has bites or scratches of unknown origin, call your local health department or animal control officer to report the incident.
  • If your cat or dog has bitten a person, call your local health department or animal control officer to report the incident.
  • If your cat or dog is sick, seek the advice of your veterinarian.
  • Protect your pets from stray or wild animals. Keep your pets from running loose.

If you are bitten...

  • * Immediately cleanse the wound thoroughly with soapy water.
  • Get medical attention. Go to your family doctor or nearest emergency room.
  • DO NOT DELAY CALLING. YOU MAY NEED TREATMENT.
  • Report all bites to your local health department or animal control agency

Discourage wildlife. Minimize your chance of exposing humans and pets to rabies. There is a human rabies vaccine available for pre-exposure and a globulin treatment with vaccination for post-exposure prophylaxis. However, prevention is of major importance. Start by reducing human and pet contact with wild animals.

If wild animals visit your property frequently, they are probably looking for food and shelter.

  • Check your house and property. Eliminate sites that can be used by animals for sleeping or raising young.
  • Cap all chimneys. Plug all holes in roofs, eaves, or sides of buildings
  • Block any means of entry to foundations, porches and steps. Trim tree limbs that extend to or over your roof.
  • Provide bright exterior lighting to discourage nocturnal animals.
  • Encourage your neighbors to do the same, so the whole neighborhood is unfriendly to wildlife.
  • Examine your buildings and yard. Remove all sources of FOOD.
  • Use garbage cans with animal-proof lids.
  • Keep garbage cans in the garage or shed.
  • Don't feed pets outside.
  • If you must feed pets outside, remove any uneaten food at once.
  • Remember gardens attract wildlife such as raccoons. Consider ways to make your garden less appealing such as low voltage electric fence.

What to do if they are already in residence?

  1. If they're already raising young, it's best to wait for the young to leave the den.
  2. When you're sure that there are no young or that the young ones are gone, watch the entrance at dusk and block it up after the animals leave for the night.
  3. If you can't watch the hole, mount a flap of wood or heavy gauge wire on a hinge over the hole so that the animal can push it out to leave, but can't push it back in to re-enter.
  4. Arrange a bright light so it shines into the den during the day, or place a loud playing radio there all day to discourage an animal from sleeping.
  5. If the animal persists in remaining, call your local animal control officer.
  6. Report any stray domestic or wild animals behaving strangely to your local animal control officer.

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Meet Amma, the 65-year-old ragpicker from Delhi who takes care of 400 stray dogs

She lives in a shack in Saket in southern Delhi and earns about Rs 200 (around 3.25 USD) a day, almost all of which she spends on the neighbourhood dogs. This is the story of Pratima Devi, a 65-year-old ragpicker who takes care of almost 400 dogs every day.

A saviour for stray dogs

After moving to Delhi about 30 years ago, Pratima initially started working as a cook for a few households in the city. After a few years, she started a cigarette shop at the PVR Anupam Complex in Saket, when she started to look after the dogs in the neighbourhood. When her shop was broken down by the police and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), she started working as a scavenger, collecting waste from nearby shops and offices and selling it, after segregation, for a meagre amount of money.

The number of dogs that she started caring for grew in no time, and one day she found herself feeding and caring for almost 400 dogs on a daily basis.

Married at a young age, Pratima ran away from Nandigram, her village in West Bengal, to make a life for herself in New Delhi. Coming from a dysfunctional home and having suffered marital abuse, Pratima finds the company of dogs much more endearing and comforting than the company of fellow human beings. Taking care of our furry friends isn’t new to her — even back in her village, she had a few stray dogs that she would feed and take care of regularly. All these dogs have become her family.

Pratima takes care of the dogs’ every need. She feeds them twice a day, gives them milk in the evening. and takes care of all their medical expenditure including vaccinations and treatments. Pratima takes the dogs to Friendicoes, an animal welfare organisation, during emergencies. Pratima has been receiving undying support from this institution. She visits them quite often in case of accidents, illness, or health-related issues of the dogs. Friendicoes even helps Pratima get the dogs neutered and vaccinated.

An inspiration for many

The story of Amma, the stray dog saviour, has reached far and wide. A lot of dog lovers visit her and offer her help. Amma allows the people who visit her to adopt puppies, and in this manner, several disabled canines have also found good homes.

Inspired by Pratima’s noble and selfless deeds, Sudeshna Guha Roy, an independent filmmaker, decided to make a documentary on her. Sudeshna, talking about how she met Pratima, says, “My team and I had enrolled for a social film-making competition and we were looking for subjects for the film when my mother told me about Pratima Devi.

Inspired by her work and moved by the desire to help Amma and her children, Sudeshna has been running a crowdfunding campaign to help Pratima improve her condition. “Pratima has been working hard day and night, with every penny going in to take care of these stray dogs. She receives a new puppy almost every week. The number of her 'children' is ever increasing, so is her expenditure,” says Sudeshna.

Pratima doesn’t have the money to buy her own medicines or fix her broken-down roof, and yet she does everything possible to take care of these dogs with all she can, while she can.

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m.yourstory.com/2017/01/pratima-devi-stray-dogs/
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