September 28 2017
Hamilton, ON - September 28, 2017 - City of Hamilton Public Health Services and Animal Services are hosting a low cost rabies vaccine & microchipping clinic Saturday, September 30 in Gage Park.
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Location: Gage Park (1000 Main Street East)
Cost: Cats and dogs can be vaccinated against rabies and/or microchipped for $25 each, cash only
Services provided on a first come, first served basis
The low-cost clinic is organized by the City of Hamilton in response to raccoon rabies being established in the wild animal population in Hamilton. The City encourages pet owners to ensure their cats and dogs over three months of age are immunized against rabies, not just because it is the law, but because it protects the entire family from rabies. Additional services available for dogs and cats include cat registration, and the sale of dog licences for an additional fee. Dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier, and cats must be in a carrier.
The low cost clinic was made possible with the support of four local veterinarians from VCA Canada including Eastside Pet Vet, Spencer Creek Animal Hospital and Glanbrook Veterinary Services, and registered veterinary technician volunteers.
- September 28 is World Rabies Day. It is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention.
- The total number of animals found positive for raccoon rabies in Hamilton from 2015 to date: 266
- Protect your pets, and prevent spread to people by vaccinating pets against rabies, and keep rabies vaccinations current for dogs and cats.
- Prevent a rabies exposure by avoiding contact with live or dead animals including raccoons, skunks, bats, as well as unknown dogs and cats. Do not feed, help, or relocate any wildlife or keep them as pets.
- Report animal bites and scratches to public health by calling 905-546-CITY (2489). Wash wounds with soap and water, and seek medical attention.
- Report sick, injured, or strange behaving wildlife to City of Hamilton Animal Services by calling 905-546-CITY (2489)