The Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) is launching a new initiative to reduce the number of animal bites in the region.
The organization is urging residents to put a yellow marker, like a ribbon or bow, on the collars of dogs that need personal space due to things like behaviour or training issues.
The RCDHU needs to be notified of any animal bites that happen because pets can carry rabies, a disease that can take up to eight weeks to show symptoms and has a 100 percent fatality rate if it’s not treated quickly.
“While the risk of acquiring rabies from a domestic animal is low, such an event creates a lot of concern and inconvenience for the owner and the person bitten, and this inconvenience can be avoided,” explains Jason Morgenstern, the RCDHU’s Medical Officer of Health. “This campaign aims to reduce potential bites or scratches by identifying animals who need space.”
If you own a dog, staff members with the Health Unit say you can take photos of them wearing yellow and post them on social media, with the hashtags “#YellowRibbonDog” and “#GiveMeSpace” to help raise awareness of the initiative.
You can find more information on rabies and what to do if an animal bites or scratches you on the RCDHU website.