THERE has been a positive reaction from pet owners and farmers to the anti-rabies campaign which is operating in the district.Over the past two weeks, over 500 dogs and 47 cats have been vaccinated.Last week, Rural Development Veterinary Services KZN and State Veterinary personnel returned to the Umvoti area to carry out the blanket vaccination on rural dogs and cats.The State Vet and Department of Agriculture representatives were given a schedule by the Umvoti Agricultural Society, broken up into zones, and they travelled among the farms, vaccinating dogs and cats at the various compounds. A total of 226 dogs and 36 cats were vaccinated.The anti-rabies drive continues this week. The campaign has been well-received, and once again the Umvoti community members have shown their “spirit” in assisting the vets and meeting them on the roads to take them to where the dogs are in the compounds, etc. This made the job much easier for the vets and certainly proved to be effective in the drive to vaccinate more animals.The Umvoti Animal Hospital also held a successful rabies vaccination morning last Friday for domestic pets to have their rabies vaccinations, with a total of 102 animals being vaccinated. The animals remained in their owner’s vehicles while the vets vaccinated them.A reminder to all pet owners that dogs should be vaccinated when they are four-month-old puppies and again at one year old, and after that every three years. In South Africa, the vaccination of dogs and cats is mandatory by law and it is the pet owners’ responsibility to ensure that their animals are vaccinated. According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa has committed to eliminate rabies in the country by 2030.