Regional Animal Services of King County will partner with One Health Clinic and Rabies Free Africa to co-host a World Rabies Day event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the accesso ShoWare Center parking lot in Kent , 625 W. James St. Free rabies vaccines will be administered to dogs, and pet-food donations will be distributed.
According to the Washington State University’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health website, “Rabies is one of the deadliest diseases on the planet. Canine-mediated human rabies has the highest case fatality rate of any known infectious disease. Each year an estimated 59,000 people die from rabies, with over 99% of the cases contracted from a dog bite. The deaths are mostly in Africa, India and other parts of Asia and one-half of the deaths occur in children under the age of 15.
“WSU’s Allen School is working with international partners to eliminate rabies as a cause of human suffering and death as part of the Zero by 30 initiative. Combining game-changing vaccine research with community-based programs, WSU leads in development and deployment of the strategies needed to eliminate rabies.”
The mobile pet-food team, which Regional Animal Services participates in, will distribute the free food.