To Tony Colaco our fellow Colleagues in NSW
I am going to Goa in Oct this year after a very long time. Living in Australia and not having Rabies in this country has prompted me to do something for Goa and also make it a safer place especially for all that live there as well as the tourist industry as I have been hearing for some years now quite a few tourists that have gone back to Europe and USA died after having contracted Rabies in Goa.
Being Goa’s first private veterinary practitioner I am still passionate about helping Goa and will be helping the IAR ( International Animal Rescue ) team in North Goa in a vaccination camp for stray dogs as well as will be funding the vaccines for this project. Already I have managed in the last few months to motivate ex Bombay Vet College Colleagues from California and South Africa to do the same when they come to India on their next holiday as many of them come every year or 2 years. I am aware that there is help but to eliminate this problem these NGO’s require funding and so the process is slow hence I want to help and motivate other overseas Goans to help and also get more people to donate towards vaccine costs especially with the AUD being such a good rate compared to the INR so this enables us to get the vaccines easily.. more vaccinations and neutering means reduction in the number of strays as well as the disease.
There is another Animal Welfare Organization in South Goa ( GAWT) and even though they are still getting back to me I would also like to help them with money if the funds are enough to go around ) towards vaccination and neutering the strays as they too are doing similar work.
Dr Joy de Souza