By Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount
The city of Rocky Mount will host another Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 9am to noon, at the former Rocky Mount Animal Shelter. The clinic will take place at 1101 N Church Street, Rocky Mount NC.
The event, administered by Hicks Animal Clinic, is held often in order to provide safety for animals, and ultimately humans, from exposure to the disease.
“Vaccinations are required by law,” says Willie Boykin, city of Rocky Mount animal control supervisor. “It is important for pet owners to participate in the Rabies Vaccination Clinic because every animal that is four months of age or older must have a rabies shot. Rabies is a deadly disease. If contracted, it could kill you because there is no known cure.”
According to Boykin, the first rabies shot is good for one year provided that the next shot is given prior to its expiration. If the first shot does not expire, the second shot will last for three years.
As many as 300 shots have been administered in previous clinics, says Boykin. The first Rabies Vaccination Clinic was held in the fall of 2003.
“The idea to have a clinic was prompted by the state law that every dog, cat and ferret must be vaccinated for rabies,” says Boykin. “If every animal were vaccinated for rabies, it would protect the citizens of Rocky Mount and the surrounding areas.”
The Rabies Vaccination Clinic is for cats and dogs only, four months and older. Pets must be on leashes or in carriers, and the cost is just $5 per pet, cash only. Animal adoptions are also available.
For more information on the Rabies Vaccination Clinic, call Boykin at 252.972.1390.
Ed. Note: A Pet Vaccination Clinic is also scheduled in Tarboro NC, just a few weeks after the Rocky mount event described above. Tarboro Animal Clinic, at 2218 N Main Street, in Tarboro will host a $6/pet (cats, dogs, ferrets) rabies clinic as part of the Edgecombe County Animal and Rabies Control Program, on Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9am-1pm.