Livestock Development Department director general Sorawit Thanito on Saturday vowed to end the spread of rabies in Thailand by next year.
Sorawit said the department would train volunteers to give free rabies shots to all dogs and cats across the country.
Sorawit said the volunteers would be trained by veterinarians and will receive certificates and be officially assigned by law to be rabies vaccine givers in accordance with the Rabies Control Act of 1992.
Sorawit said the volunteers would launch a national campaign to give the shots from March to May across the country.
The department would cooperate with local administrations around the country to survey the number of domestic and stray dogs and cats and it would provide rabies vaccines to cover at least 80 per cent of the surveyed animals, Sorawit added.