Guest column: WAAG offers small town service at a low price

The Williams Animal Action Group is preparing for our 22nd Annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic. It will be held from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Williams Rodeo Barn.

Rabies vaccinations for dogs will be administered by Dr. Karla Baker, DVM, of the Coconino Veterinary Clinic, with loyal WAAG volunteers performing clerical duties. The cost for a dog rabies shot is $6. The first rabies shot a dog receives is valid for one year. After that each shot provides immunity for three years. Check your pet's records for the expiration date. A dog must be four months old or older for a rabies vaccination.

WAAG volunteers will be providing these other vaccinations ‹

• Cat rabies, $6 (one or three year vaccine).

• Cat leukemia/distemper combo (four-way), $10 (yearly vaccine).

• Dog distemper/parvo combo (three-way), $5 (yearly vaccine).

• Dog bordetella (kennel cough), $5, (six month vaccine).

The city of Williams will be offering its city dog licenses at $10 for altered dogs and $20 for fertile dogs. You must show proof of a valid rabies vaccination to get a license so bring your rabies certificate.

For everyone's safety, all the pets must be on a leash or in a transport carrier. We have a supply of both of these to loan out. Just ask our door volunteers.

And, of course, do not bring any sick animals to the vaccination clinic. Sick pets cannot receive a shot and the vet will not be able to exam any sick pets. This clinic is just for vaccinations.

Now is a good time to give thanks to the Williams community for its dedicated support. The Williams-Grand Canyon News has helped us find lost pets and place pets into new homes.

Recent donations have allowed the WAAG Board of Directors to not raise vaccine prices at the clinic. We figure giving all pet owners a real good deal on shots is a way of saying, "Thank you." Our goal is to have a healthy, well cared for pet population.

Donations to WAAG have also allowed WAAG to never raise its spay and neuter prices all these 22 years. Thank you!

Donations have also kept the Feral Cat Program active. WAAG has trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and earmarked 278 wild cats as of this writing. Some of these critters got new homes. The rest are being cared for by volunteers who provide food, water and monitor the colonies as they shrink in attrition.

The Feral Cat Program is an extremely expensive project. Wild cats can distribute diseases, injure our pets and irritate the heck out of us all. The donors and volunteers have been successful in reducing our wild cat problems. WAAG appreciates this. Thank you!

WAAG has been providing good, wholesome service for 22 years. On March 31, at the Williams Rodeo Barn, WAAG will be on hand from noon-3 p.m. to vaccinate your pets. Our low cost vaccination provides very valuable protection. Come see u

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