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4/2/2008 1:27:00 PM
Guest column: Low cost pet vaccination clinic offered Saturday
Kali Kaliche
President Williams Animal Action Group

First, let's start with an apology. In a recent article about the upcoming Williams Animal Action Group vaccination clinic, a photo of me was used. WAAG is not one person. We are a dedicated board of directors, a large group of volunteers, a steady group of supporters, and a huge variety of companion animal owners who educate their families and friends about wellness programs.

Second, Robynn Eckel pointed out the vaccine prices were not listed in the paper. Here they are -

• Dog and cat rabies, $6.

• Cat CVR-feleuk, $10.

• Dog combo, $5.

• Dog bordatella, $5.

Now, to the real issue. Williams needs a veterinarian. For 23 years, WAAG has helped with spays and neuters, shots, first aid referrals and education.

Mobile clinics that sometimes come to Williams have been a terrific asset. But they, so far, have been inconsistent in their scheduling and duration.

With the growth of our community, it is time for us to have our own, local animal doc. Even a part-time office would work - especially if the vet treated both companion animals and livestock. There are quite a few horse owners in town.

WAAG would fully support and work with a qualified veterinarian serving the Williams area. City officials and commercial building owners must be prepared to also support such a public health issue with reduced fees and rents.

Until we can attract a full service veterinarian, locals will have to continue with the problems and expense of long distance travel, delayed emergency services and difficulty getting mandatory canine rabies vaccinations.

Meanwhile, the help that WAAG provides will continue as best we volunteers can.

Come and see us at the upcoming, 23rd Annual WAAG Vaccination Clinic Saturday, April 5, noon to 3 p.m. at the Bob Dean Rodeo Barn.

Bring only healthy pets for vaccinations! All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. WAAG will have leashes and carriers to loan to anyone in need.

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