The annual rabies clinics are scheduled around Stephens County for tomorrow (May 3) and again on Saturday, May 17.
Rabies is a deadly disease that attacks the central nervous system and can be fatal. It is most often seen in wild animals, but both people and pets can get the virus by contact with infected animals.
Jeff Roberts, director of the Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter says the clinics are conducted by local veterinarians and are provided as a public service.
“It’s a low-cost rabies vaccine clinic hosted by the two vets in the county, Toccoa Veterinary Hospital and Currahee Vet Clinic and they, as a public service, run a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic. It’s at various location around town, so if you go the WNEG web calendar you can see the list of where they’re going to be located and times.”
Rabies vaccinations are required by law for all dogs and cats. Failure to comply can compromise the public safety as well as the freedom and safety of the animals.
“It’s very important that you get your dog a rabies vaccine because if they were bit by a wild dog or any other dog, then it saves you that issue of quarantine and ‘is my dog going to be okay.’ It’s a real public health issue or if your dog happened to bite somebody then you’re not having to deal with the quarantine if you’ve got your rabies vaccine.”
Roberts says the annual rabies clinics offer a convenient and inexpensive resource for pet owners.
“It’s a good chance to get out and get a rabies vaccine and it’s the low cost of $7.”
The clinics begin at 9:00 am and run until 4:30 pm at various locations around the county tomorrow. A complete listing of the clinics is as follow:
Saturday, May 3, 2014
9:00 am–Tony’s Store on Hwy 123
10:00-11:00 am–Tractor Supply
11:00 am–Whitman St. Center
1:00-1:30 pm–Senior Center-Rose Lane
1:00 pm–Currahee Vet Clinic parking lot
2:00-2:30 pm–Rock Creek Baptist Church
3:00 pm–Tate’s Creek Baptist Church
3:00-3:30 pm–Eastanollee Elementary School
4:00-4:30 pm–Martin Community Center
Saturday, May 17, 2014
9:00 am–Shiloh Fire Department
11:00 am–Toccoa Creek Baptist Church
1:00 pm–Stephens County Board of Education
3:00 pm–New Hope Baptist Church