The Williams Animal Action Group (WAAG) will hold its 25th Annual Vaccination Clinic at the Williams Rodeo Barn. The clinic will be offered noon-3 p.m. April 10.
Unfortunately, only this year rabies shots will be available. WAAG received a cease and desist order from the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board regarding the yearly distemper/parvo combo shots for dogs and the feline leukemia/distemper combos for cats. Only a vet or the pet's owner can administer the shot.
These vaccines are available at local feed stores and grocery stores. You will have to purchase the shots on your own and have a family member give the injections. WAAG is corresponding with the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board for advice on how to serve pet owners in rural areas where there are no veterinarians. WAAG is sorry for this restriction.
Meanwhile, the 25th Annual Vaccination Clinic will continue with the rabies vaccinations for $6 each, including the certificate. Pet owners can also purchase city dog licenses with proof of current rabies vaccination. City tags are $10 for dogs that are spayed or neutered (bring proof of surgery for females) and $20for fertile dogs.
The plan is to try to have three lines this year to speed up the paperwork process for the rabies certificate. Here's what you can do to help:
Leave your dog outside until the paperwork is completed.
Bring your old rabies certificate. It has most of the information WAAG needs .
Bring exact change if possible.
Let WAAG volunteers know right away if your dog has "an accident" so it can be cleaned and sterilized.
"Thank you so much for your help. And, once again, we are sorry to be unable to provide the yearly booster combination vaccines for dogs and cats," said WAAG President Kali Kaliche. "Please look at your rabies certificate to see when the previous vaccination expires."
The first rabies shot a pet gets is good for one year. After that, they are good for three years. If your pet's last three-year rabies shot was 2007, it's due for a booster.
For more information, call Kaliche at (928) 635-2595.
(Editor's note: Kali Kaliche contributed to this article.)