Meet Bruno: One lucky dog

11 July 2016

Bruno, a happy and lively puppy, is one of the lucky dogs receiving a rabies vaccination, as World Animal Protection celebrates issuing one million vaccination.

Bruno lives with her family; Joseph Mutui, his wife Josephine, their four children, one grandchild, two cows, five goats and chickens in Makueni County, Kenya.

Don’t be fooled by the name, Bruno is a girl. Her owner, Joseph chose her name because he wanted his little feisty puppy to have character and appear strong.

Like many puppies, Bruno loves playing with other dogs and children. She greets Joseph when he comes home from work and also likes dozing in the shade. Occasionally she chases the chickens, but only if they try to go after her food.

Joseph is teaching Bruno how to be a guard dog so she can one day protect their home by alerting the family if a visitor or intruder is coming.

Bruno was lucky enough to receive one of the 16,332 rabies vaccination provided by World Animal Protection in Makueni County, Kenya between 2014 and 2015. World Animal protection aims to provide another 50,000 vaccination by the end of 2016.

Bruno’s owner, Joseph says “Bruno is a protector, whenever she's around I feel ok. She’s part of our family and it would be devastating if we lost her, that’s why I’m vaccinating her, to protect her, like she does with us.

“Rabies is a real threat in our community; my neighbour’s daughter was bitten by a dog that was infected and no matter the money she spent to save her, her daughter sadly died. Once bitten, if you are not treated, it’s incurable and it’s a scary threat to all of us here.”

Although rabies has been eliminated in many parts of the world, it is still a threat for countries in many parts of Africa and Asia. In Kenya alone, rabies kills up to 2,000 people every year - deaths that are entirely unnecessary. Rabies is a viral infection that is almost 100 percent preventable.

About our rabies work

Since 2011, World Animal Protection has worked with governments and partner organisations to perform one million rabies vaccinations for dogs in Kenya, Zanzibar, China, Indonesia, Philippines and Bangladesh.

By vaccinating 70% of the dog population in an area and by educating communities about how to treat dogs well, they can have safer interactions and avoid being bitten.

World Animal Protection is working around the globe, calling on governments and communities, where rabies exists, to make mass dog vaccination a reality and save animal and people’s lives. We are also collaborating with the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to eliminate rabies without culling dogs by 2030.

Show your support

To celebrate our millionth vaccination and show your support for dogs around the world, head to our community page and upload a photo of your dog.

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