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Updates for 2014

$12,500 Matching Gift to The Rabies Challenge Fund
July 18, 2014
Two anonymous dog lovers have announced a generous $12,500 matching gift to The Rabies Challenge Fund to help raise the additional funds needed to perform the first of the challenge phases of our research.  Beginning today, these supporters will match every dollar donated up to $12,500. Please consider doubling a donation by taking advantage of this charitable gift.
Tax-exempt donations can be made with a credit card here http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/donate/donate-to-the-fund or mailed to The Rabies Challenge Fund, c/o Hemopet, 11561 Salinaz Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92843.

Thank you for your support!

July 17, 2014
The Rabies Challenge Fund has just received the commitment from a USDA-approved facility to perform the first of the challenge phases of our 5 and 7-year studies.  This rabies research was undertaken to determine, by challenge, the vaccine’s long-term duration of immunity in dogs and to establish the world’s first canine rabies titer standard.

            Fees for this first challenge, slated to begin later this year, will involve 15 of the study dogs and will cost $100,000.  If successful, two subsequent challenges of 15 dogs each will be conducted in order to meet the USDA rabies vaccine licensing requirements.  These results, which will have been obtained using the same federal standard upon which all currently licensed rabies vaccines and rabies laws and regulations are based, should establish the scientific foundation upon which the legally required rabies booster intervals for dogs can be extended to 5 or 7 years.   Further, for the first time, our accumulated rabies titer data should permit incorporating clauses pertaining to rabies titers into the existing laws.

           Currently, The Rabies Challenge Fund will need to raise an additional $24,847 to cover the challenge facility fees.  We ask that our donors maintain their generous levels of support through this critical challenge phase, so that the results to benefit all dogs can be available in early 2015.

          Information on making a donation can be found at this link:  http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/donate/donate-to-the-fund

IOWA Rabies Waiver Bill ACTION ALERT
Feb. 9, 2014
IOWA Rabies Waiver Bill HF2124 ACTION ALERT:  Iowa Rep. Marti Anderson has filed a rabies medical exemption bill, HF 2124, and it has been assigned to the Agriculture Committee.

What You Can Do to Help

Please contact Agriculture Chair, Pat Grassley pat.grassley@legis.iowa.gov (515) 281-3221 & Agriculture committee members (below) & ask them to support HF2124. The Rabies Challenge Fund letter in support of a rabies medical exemption bill is below. Bill Text:



Kris L. ChristineFounder, Co-TrusteeThe Rabies Challenge Fund


            More information and regular updates on The Rabies Challenge Fund and the concurrent 5 and 7 year challenge studies it is financing can be found at the fund’s website designed by volunteer Andrea Brin at:  

This information was provided by:

Kris L. Christine
Founder, Co-Trustee
The Rabies Challenge Fund

The information contained on this site is in no way intended to replace that of proper veterinary advice, diagnosis or treatment.
It is meant to provide resource, so that we can better understand canine health related issues.