A community rabies vaccination clinic for pet dogs and cats will be held on Saturday, May 12, at Washington Park in Roanoke from 9 a.m. until noon. Washington Park is at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Burrell Street, NW. The clinic will be in the upper shelter, near the pool.
“We usually see an uptick in animal rabies cases in spring because both domestic and wild animals are more active out of doors at this time of year, so encounters between pets and wildlife are more likely,” noted Stephanie Harper, M.D., director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (Virginia Department of Health). “Rabies is found throughout Virginia. Any mammal can catch it and it’s almost always fatal. Vaccinating your pets is the most effective way to help prevent the spread of rabies. It can save the lives of your pets and your loved ones.”
A total of 300 doses of vaccine will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. All area residents are invited to bring their pet dogs and cats to be vaccinated for only $5 each. Bring correct change, cash only. Checks or credit cards cannot be accepted.
Dogs and cats must be three months old or older. Dogs must be on leashes or in carriers; cats must be in carriers.
If this is the animal’s first rabies vaccination, it will be valid for one year. If the animal has received a previous vaccination that is still valid, you must bring the vaccination certificate for the new vaccination to be valid for three additional years. Otherwise, the vaccination is only valid for one year.
Citizens also are encouraged to visit www.tinyurl.com/rabiesclinic2012 no later than May 9 to pre-register all pets to be vaccinated at the clinic. Pre-registration will save time and make the clinic more efficient.
Virginia law requires all dogs and cats four months of age and older to be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian.
The clinic on May 12 is sponsored by the Roanoke Valley Veterinary Medical Association, Roanoke City and Roanoke County Animal Control and Protection Units and the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts of the Virginia Department of Health.