It was nice to receive an email from Dr Chinny Krishna. He was, of course, delighted to read the Times of India report that said there was no cases of rabies in Chennai for over a year. It was the Blue Cross under Captain Sundaram and Dr Chinny that vowed 45 years ago to reduce rabies and control the number of dogs on the street without killing, and in a humane manner.
Dr Chinny especially thanks the Marching Trust; Philip Wollen; WSPA, Kim Bartlett, and Alice Morgan Wright of the Edith Goode Trust, stating that a milestone has been reached.
“Some of you to whom this is being sent gave us the most sincere compliment years ago when you adopted this programme at a time when we had no hard data to back us. To all of you who made this possible, what can I really say? Warmest regards and may all that has life be free of suffering,” he writes.
Responding is Captain G. D. Rao: “It is an amazing feat not heard anywhere in the world, all due to a dedicated lot - right from Capt. Sundaram and Dr Chinny to the attendants and the immense backup support from like-minded animal lovers with improper financial aid, sweating out with the lovable, grateful community dogs, always short of veterinarians living on a day-to-day basis. Selfless service has made it possible, the objective that was started for the first time in India years ago by the Blue Cross of India – the animal birth control programme to eradicate rabies.
Anusha David from Sri Lanka wishes that her country, too, could have a similar success rate. “Though I have to say that the rabies problem here is greatly exaggerated as a result of sheer ignorance,” she adds.