Latest Rabies Challenge Fund Updates


Legislation, News, Press Releases, Annual Reports, Etc.

Study Summary

Read a Summary of The Rabies Challenge Fund Duration of Immunity Study.


18 U.S. States Have Medical Exemptions in Lieu of Rabies Vaccination: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania,Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin

Click here for the full text of each state's exemption language.

News Coverage

Triennial rabies vaccination in Texas: What were the consequences (published March 2012) by Avi Blake, DVM
Fox News Investigators: Vets, Vaccines and Vagaries
Recap of the Rabies Challenge Fund Benefit Seminar by Kim Cambell Thornton
Clean Run Magazine Article About Vaccines by Drs. Ronald Schultz and Jean Dodds
Animal Wise Radio Interview with Dr. Ronald Schultz and Kris L. Christine (scroll down to "The Rabies Challenge Fund" #48)
Animal Wellness Magazine - "How Often Does He Really Need a Rabies Shot"
Animal Talk Naturally Online Radio Show Interview with Dr. Jean Dodds and Kris Christine

Press Releases

Press release: Creation of the Rabies Challenge Fund
Press release: "U.S. Declared Canine Rabies Free"

Annual Reports

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report


Special News - March 2011
Patricia Ann Styles Bequeathes $60,000 to The Rabies Challenge Fund

The late Patricia Ann Styles of Australia has made a generous bequest of $60,000 to The Rabies Challenge Fund in "grateful acknowledgement of so much advice, generosity and wonderful support that I received from so many dog owners across the United States," and for all the kind and touching tributes she received when she lost her beloved therapy dog, Nikki. It was Pat's desire that this gift would "help towards freeing [dog owners] from the mandatory requirement to have their dogs repeatedly vaccinated against rabies."

Pat's will specified that $10,000 of her gift be set aside to ensure that each of the dogs involved in this important research "is given ‘special treats’ from time to time" in recognition of the fact that "they have more individual value than their scientific contribution to the study."

The Rabies Challenge Fund is deeply grateful for this significant bequest and for Pat's efforts to pass vaccine disclosure legislation in Australia and raise awareness of the risks of overvaccination globally.