Local animal advocates are hoping a Saturday morning clinic will encourage people not only to take advantage of $5 rabies vaccinations, but also sign their pets up for reduced-cost spay and neuter services.
“We want to do all we can to encourage responsible pet ownership,” Rocky Mount Animal Control Supervisor Willie Boykin said.
Symptoms of rabies differ, but often include disorientation, excessive slobbering and lethargy. If a pet is suspected of coming in contact with a rabid animal, the pet is required to be quarantined then euthanized if the animal tests positive for rabies.
“Rabies is a fatal disease, but it can be prevented by providing animal owners with information and giving our pets the proper vaccinations,” he said. “The law requires vaccinations, and we want to make sure we do our part in keeping citizens and animals protected.”
The $5 vaccinations will be administered by Hicks Animal Clinic to cats and dogs, four months and older. Staff also will be telling owners about discounted animal sterilization services through Friends of Rocky Mount Animals.
“Reduced-cost spay and neuter services is a guaranteed program that we always have going on,” group Director Laura Gearhart said. “It is one program that is not going away because we realized that the only way to cut down on the over population is by cutting off the supply chain. If we don’t reduce the number of animals then we will never have enough homes for them.”
Animals also will be available for adoption Saturday during the clinic, at the shelter Monday through Friday and at adoption events every first and second Saturday of the month through Friends of Rocky Mount Animals.