Company donates 50,000 rabies vaccine doses to animal shelters in United States
MADISON, New Jersey, September 27, 2011 – Pfizer Animal Health (PAH) has donated 50,000 doses of rabies vaccine to animal shelter organizations across the United States as part of World Rabies Day, Sept. 28.
PAH partnered with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control’s (GARC) Shelter Program to distribute free vaccine to 200 shelters nationwide.
Organizations receiving the donated vaccine were chosen from those submitting an application to the GARC. Selection criteria included being a nonprofit or municipality and using the donated vaccines for homeless and unprotected pets in their organization. The donation will help protect 50,000 pets against the disease and help reduce the risk of human exposure in communities across the country.
“Veterinarians at shelters often feel helpless to help protect pets from diseases like rabies because the shelters lack the funds to purchase basic preventive therapies such as vaccines,” said Mike Wallace, DVM, Group Director, U.S. Companion Animal Veterinary Operations.
“With this donation, Pfizer Animal Health strives to help veterinarians safeguard the lives of some of the most unfortunate and vulnerable patients—that being the homeless and displaced.”
The donation and support of World Rabies Day is part of Pfizer Animal Health’s Commitment to Veterinarians™, which supports veterinarians through training and education, research and development, and investing in the future of the veterinary profession
According to the GARC, rabies is one of the most infectious diseases known to mankind. It kills 55,000 people a year—half of them children under age 15.
“Although nine out of 10 rabies cases are found in wildlife, the disease exists in every community,” Wallace added. “As a veterinarian, I know how devastating the lack of vaccines can be for shelter animals. Rabies is a preventable disease, and Pfizer Animal Health wants to ensure no pet suffers needlessly.”
The goal of World Rabies Day is to raise awareness of the importance of rabies prevention. In addition to PAH and the Alliance for Rabies Control, World Rabies Day is also supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and numerous other human and animal health organizations worldwide.
More information on World Rabies Day can be found at the official web site, www.worldrabiesday.org. For general rabies information, visit www.cdc.gov/rabies.
About Pfizer Animal Health
Pfizer Animal Health, a business unit of Pfizer Inc., is a world leader in the discovery, development and manufacture of innovative animal health vaccines, medicines, diagnostic products and genetic tests. Pfizer Animal Health invests more in research and development than any other animal health company. We work to assure a safe, sustainable global food supply from healthy beef and dairy cattle, swine, poultry, sheep and fish while helping dogs, cats and horses live healthier longer lives. We strive to be the animal health company that provides full healthcare solutions to veterinarians, livestock producers, and pet owners. To learn more, visit http://www.pfizerah.com.
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