Gift better lives (2017)

Gift better lives

A boy and his dogs

Eric is a 17-year-old student in Makueni County, Kenya, whose dogs play an important role by protecting his family’s livestock from predators and thieves. When he brought his six dogs – Tiger, Simba, Chui, Puppy, Tusker and Kalinga, to get vaccinated, he told us that his dogs were not protected from rabies the previous year, and when an erratic and aggressive dog bit one of his beloved dogs, he had to make the heart-wrenching decision to put down his best friend. He wants to ensure that his dogs stay safe from rabies as well as avoid mass killings, which involve inhumane methods such as poisoning or clubbing in a misguided attempt to stop the spread of the disease. By giving a vaccination gift, you help save and protect dogs and people from rabies creating a healthier community for all.

Working alongside the Kenyan government, 89,584 vaccinations were given to protect dogs in Makueni County in 2016 in an effort to stop inhumane culling in the name of rabies or other conflicts.

Tiger and Simba (left) wait with other dogs Aska and Doggie (right) for their rabies vaccinations.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
– Margaret Mead