4/6/2010 2:53:00 PM Guest column: Don't miss rabies vaccination clinic
Kali Kaliche President, Williams Animal Action Group
Ah! It's spring when cat and dog hair fills the air, rides the winds across town, and sets a bunch of us to sneezing and wheezing. Spring is here.
And that means it is also time for the Williams Animal Action Group (WAAG) to hold our 25th (!) Annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic. It will be this Saturday at the Williams Rodeo Barn from noon-3 p.m.
There's good news and bad news about the clinic. The good news is we will be speeding up the paperwork by having three lines for rabies instead of our usual two. Bring your old rabies certificates to help us get your pet's info as quickly as possible. And you can leave pets outside until the paperwork is done to help reduce congestion. Exact change also helps.
Remember, the first rabies shot a dog or cat gets is good for one year. From then on, they are good for three years, The rabies vaccination is required by law, for every dog over 4-months-old. At this clinic the rabies shots will be only $6 each.
You can also get a city dog license at this clinic. The cost is $10 for altered dogs and $20 for fertile dogs. You must have proof of a current rabies shot to purchase a license.
Now the bad news: there will be no other vaccinations offered at this clinic. Complaints sent to the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board have resulted in distemper-parvo combination shots for dogs and distemper-feluk combination shots for cats being stopped at vaccination clinics countywide. The county health department, several vets in Flagstaff and charitable organizations including WAAG have been affected by this.
WAAG will have a petition to the Examining Board at the upcoming clinic for folks to sign expressing the need for these vaccinations in our large, rural area where there are no veterinarians. We hope to be able to mitigate the hardship of this loss of vaccinations for pet owners. We certainly don't want to see the return of the pet epidemics that 25 years ago inspired the formation of WAAG.
Meanwhile, we will have the rabies shots available Saturday for only $6. Come on out to the rodeo barn between noon and 3 pm. Bring only healthy pets. Sick animals cannot be vaccinated. Dogs must be on a leash. Cats must be in carriers. We have leashes and carriers to loan.
May we all have a healthy, happy spring. See you Saturday!