We are honored to announce that People, Pets & Vets (PPV) donated $25,000 to Washington State University Foundation to aid the Paul G. Allen School For Global Health Rabies Free Africa program. PPV founder and Chief Pet Officer, Dr. Michael Murphy had the opportunity to share his passion for this cause with Washington State University while supporting Global Human and Animal Health as well as veterinary education and outreach. PPV’s outreach campaign, Bravado, is dedicated to not only making an impact in our local communities but worldwide, including this effort of eliminating rabies.
Bravado’s donation to Rabies Free Africa has allowed for local and international support for this very important cause. According to the foundation’s site, “The WSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Health 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 the development and deployment of the strategies needed to eliminate rabies.” People, Pets & Vets is looking forward to continuing working with the Paul G. Allen School to host veterinary students and our own veterinarians to support them on their mission to end rabies.
The rabies virus is transmitted through direct contact (such as broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, or mouth) with saliva or brain/nervous system tissue from an infected animal. Rabies is usually transmitted from the bite of a rabid animal. Rabies is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can infect both animals and humans. While there is a cure for humans there is not currently a cure for animals with rabies and most often than not, will lead to fatality of the animal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 59,000 dogs die a year due to rabies. As part of our mission to provide compassionate care for animals, we love to support these foundations’ great work. To learn more about our mission and to learn more about PPV, click here.