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May 2, 2014

13 rabies’ clinics target those with busy schedules

CHEROKEE COUNTY — An annual weeklong rabies campaign hosted by Cherokee County veterinary clinics kicks off Monday, giving pet owners a chance to fulfill shot requirements not only at a lower cost, but at their convenience.

Thirteen sites have been set up throughout the county, with the earliest one opening at 3 p.m. A majority start at 5:30 p.m. or later, while the one-day clinic in Rusk – held at Cherokee Animal Clinic – is from 8 to 6 p.m.

According to Chris Holcomb, manager of Cherokee Animal Clinic, the community rabies clinics were established years ago to help combat high incidences of rabies by targeting pets that might not otherwise be able to get their vaccines because their owners work during the day and might not be able to make it in time to a vet's office during regular hours of operation.

A bonus is that the clinic staff is able to go out to pet owners' vehicles to inoculate the animals, making it less stressful for pet and owner, and allowing for streamlined service, Holcomb said.

Rabies vaccines are offered for both cats and dogs; other necessary annual vaccines, like distemper, bordatella, parvo and feline leukemia, also are offered. Cost ranges for $8 for a single rabies vaccine to $40 for the full complement.

The state of Texas requires a three-year rabies vaccine, Holcomb said, but “communities have their own laws as to how often (to vaccinate), and due to the high incidence of rabies in our area, we are required to vaccinate yearly.”

Event dates include:

May 5 – the Reece Community Center, 5:30 p.m.; the Reklaw Community Center & the Dialville Store, 6 p.m.; the old store in Pierce's Chapel, 7 p.m.

May 6 – New Hope Baptist Church, 5:30 p.m.; New Summerfield School & Gallatin Community Store, 6 p.m.

May 7 – Cherokee Animal Clinic in Rusk, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mount Selman Baptist Church, 5:30 p.m.; Mixon First Baptist Church, 6 p.m.

May 8 – Maydelle First Baptist Church, 6 p.m.

May 9 – Alto's Kessel Veterinary Clinic, 3-6 p.m.

May 12 – Craft Baptist Church, 5:30 p.m.

 

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