The Dog and Cat Shelter Only only saw about half of the animals it usually treats come for vaccinations at thier annual rabies clinic held this past week at the Kendrick Park Bandshell, according to shelter director Cel Hope. Hope talked about this year's turnout and compared it to past years.
Rabies shots are good for three years if the dog has been vaccinated two times before, each a year apart. The three-year gap was one possible reason for the decrease in attendance this year, Hope said. She added that rabies is still prevalent in the area, and she hopes that owners keep their dogs vaccinated.
Shots cost $10, and the clinic ran Monday through Saturday at the Kendrick Park Bandshell. City Licenses, $10, were also sold at the clinic. Licenses must be renewed yearly, and dogs without tags proving they are licensed and vaccinated are liable for a $45 fine if caught straying. Licenses and vaccinations can be obtained at local veterinary clinics throughout the year. All proceeds from the clinic go to support the Dog and Cat Shelter.