Rabies Clinic is Saturday

The second annual Grady County Rabies Clinic will be held this Saturday, May 12, at the Grady County Livestock Pavilion.
The clinic is sponsored by Animal Medical Center, Cairo Animal Hospital and the Environmental Health Section of the Grady County Health Department.
Last year, 115 dogs and 25 cats were vaccinated during the one day clinic.
“We encourage everyone to come out and get their pets vaccinated for rabies. Rabies is endemic in a rural community like ours. Exposure to wildlife is everywhere. To prevent humans or home pets from contracting rabies, it is important to have your pets vaccinated,” Environmental Health Specialist Shane Huey said.
Georgia law requires the vaccination of all domestic dogs and cats.
On this one day of the year, pet owners can have their dog or cat vaccinated for only $13. All pets must be three months of age or older and pets must not show any signs of illness.
“Thanks to the participation and support of our local vets, we can offer this service at a low cost that most anyone can afford. Please take advantage of this county service and come have your pet vaccinated,” Huey said.
“We hope local pet owners will take this opportunity to have their pets vaccinated and to maintain this protection against rabies,” Huey said.
Dr. Janet Ackerman of Animal Medical Center and Dr. Charles Graham of Cairo Animal Hospital, along with their assistants, will be manning the clinic next Saturday.
Huey reminds all local residents the $13 fee must be paid in cash.
“We are hoping to have a large turnout and to vaccinate a lot of unvaccinated pets,” Huey said.
For more information about the upcoming Rabies Clinic, call Grady County Environmental Health at 229-377-8857.

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