Low Cost Rabies Clinic Offered

Low Cost Rabies Clinic Offered

A Number of Rabies Cases Reported in the Area
Johnstown -- An increase in positive rabies cases throughout Cambria and the surrounding counties has been noted by local officials in the last six months.  Add to this the economic struggles of the area from the current recession and the potential for a significant rabies outbreak becomes a possibility.  Therefore, in order to assist those in need and keep the local pet population healthy, the Humane Society of Cambria County, with the help of Dr. Fayes Assad, DVM of Johnstown Veterinary Associates, is offering a low cost rabies clinic, open to the public on Saturday, October 29th from 10am to 2pm at the shelter.  The vaccines will be $10.00 each.

 "We understand that in this economy money is tight and we see examples every day of owners who cannot afford to take proper care of their pets.  We hope that we can help responsible pet owners who are struggling during this difficult time with this clinic," says Jeannine Gailey, Executive Director of the shelter. 

All dogs and house cats age 3 months or older are required by law to be vaccinated against rabies. Lack of compliance can result in fines of up to $300.00 per animal. Dog licenses will also be available during for purchase during the clinic and range from $4.95 to $8.95.

The shelter also announced today that in conjunction with the rabies clinic, pet owners can come to the shelter to have a little fun too by participating in the Howl-o-ween Pet Parade.  Participants should arrive with their costumed pet at 11am registration and the parade begins at Noon.  The entry fee is $5.00 per pet and all proceeds will directly benefit the shelter. Upon registering, pets will be entered into a costume contest for scariest, silliest and cutest pet.  Winners of each category will receive a certificate and have his/her photo on the shelter website. Each pet will also receive a treat bag as a thank you for participating. 

"We would like this day to be both productive in helping pets stay healthy but also a fun day which is why we decided to include the pet parade.  Many people love to dress their pets up as much as themselves for Halloween and we hope to see a nice array of costumes for the contest," says Gailey.

All dogs must be on a leash (please no retractable leashes) and must be properly licensed and vaccinated. All cats must be on a leash or harness or placed in a carrier or contained stroller. Cats may be removed from the carrier for costume judging.

The Humane Society of Cambria County is located at 743 Galleria Drive Extension, Johnstown, Pa.  For further information regarding either event call 814-535-6116.

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