Saturday, January 16

We partner with World Small Animal Vet Association (WSAVA) to protect even more dogs

WSAVA’s 200,000 member vets will now have access to our Life’s better with dogs resources and PrepVet training to ensure dogs are treated humanely and are protected from rabies. Our partnership also means WSAVA vets can give animals in disasters the best possible care

WSAVA works to enhance standards of clinical care for pets. It developed global guidelines in key areas of veterinary practice, including pain management, nutrition and vaccination, and also lobbies on important issues affecting pet care.

Dogs are suffering

Every year, 10 million dogs are poisoned, stoned and electrocuted to death in an attempt to stop the spread of rabies, which kills 59,000 people each year. 

But culling dogs doesn’t stop the spread of rabies. Vaccination, sterilisation and other humane dog population management methods do.

Our campaign manager Dr. Emily Mudoga with a dog at a rabies vaccination drive - World Animal Protection - Better Lives For Dogs

Dr. Emily Mudoga, our campaign manager, with a dog at a rabies vaccination drive in Kenya

Our partnership with WSAVA will help protect stray dogs, community dogs, pet dogs and other pets from awful suffering like this.

Combining our efforts

Our partnership will prioritise the importance of the veterinary role in humane dog population management and in the control and eradication of rabies.

We’ll be mobilising vet professionals across the world to enhance harmonious co-existence between dogs and people and to ensure all dogs are treated more humanely.

At World Animal Protection, we’ll promote WSAVA’s Global Guidelines for Companion Animal Welfare. We’ll also actively participate in its events, including WSAVA World Congress, to help raise the profile of the crucial role that veterinarians play in the lives of dogs and other animals.

WSAVA President Dr Shane Ryan said: “This second MoU [memorandum of understanding] is an extension of our important collaboration with World Animal Protection. It puts more focus on the role of the veterinarian in humane dog population management and rabies control, issues in which our Animal Wellness and Welfare and One Health Committees take a strong interest.

“We look forward to this renewal of our relationship and to working with the World Animal Protection team and utilising the excellent educational resources it produces.”

Our programme director – animals in communities, Pankaj KC, added: “Dogs have long been viewed as man’s best friend, but sadly, the majority of the free roaming global dog population lives under the constant threat of persecution and violent culling.

“Our continued collaboration with WSAVA means that we can together continue to safeguard the lives of dogs and people in these communities and help humans and dogs live together in harmony.”