Rabies vaccination clinics to continue around county

GRUMPY CAT — Dr. Travis Halfmann of the Gillespie Animal Center administers an inoculation to Mouse, a domestic long-haired cat. Many of the cats seemed content to stay in their pet carriers while receiving shots like rabies, leukemia and other health disorders. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

The second in the City of Fredericksburg’s 2014 back-to-back pet rabies vaccination clinics is planned this Saturday, Feb. 1, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Pet owners are welcome to bring their furry friends to the clinic set up in the City of Fredericksburg Consolidated Warehouse, 233 Friendship Lane (behind Fredericksburg High School’s campus.)

Administering the vaccines will either local veterinarian Dr. Daniel Fritz of the Gillespie Animal Center or Dr. Curtis Eckhardt of the Fredericksburg Veterinary Hospital. Both have sacrificed a portion of their normal proceeds so that local citizens can protect their pets.

Rabies shots will cost $7 per dog or cat.

Other inoculations to protect four-legged family members against such things as rattlesnake venom, kennel cough, lyme disease, leukemia and other conditions/diseases will be available at the same time as a matter of convenience for pet owners.

Pet microchips will also be available for $10.

City of Fredericksburg personnel will also offer visiting pet owners a chance to get annual city license tags for their pets. The licenses are required by law for all dogs and cats living with pet owners inside city limits.

Cost for the city license (renewable annually) is $5 per neutered or spayed animal and $10 for a dog or cat not neutered or spayed. A lifetime license for a spayed/neutered pet is available for $25.

Pet owners planning to take advantage of the discounted vaccination rates offered during the clinics are reminded that all dogs and cats brought to the clinic must either be restrained by a leash or in a carrier.

Pets must also be at least three months old in order to receive inoculations. 

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