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- Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics Return to Haliburton County Offering Protection for Pets -

(HALIBURTON COUNTY) – After a one-year absence, pet owners in Haliburton County again have a chance to protect their four-footed friends by ensuring their cats and dogs are vaccinated against rabies.

Two Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics – on September 29 and October 1 – will be offered in Haliburton County this fall. The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is encouraging local pet owners to take advantage of the clinics and ensure their animals are properly protected against rabies.

“Many of us consider a dog or cat to be part of our family, so the Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics provide an opportunity to give these pets the protection they deserve,” says Frances Tsotsos, a Public Health Inspector with the HKPR District Health Unit. “Rabies is fatal, so getting pets vaccinated is an important part of caring for animals and being a responsible pet owner.”

The Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics will be offered as follows:

• In Cardiff on Thursday, September 29, from 6-7 pm at the Cardiff Community Centre (2747 Monck Rd.) The Faraday Animal Hospital is organizing the clinic. Pets must be 16 weeks of age and in good health to be vaccinated for rabies. Dogs and cats cost $25 each.

• In Haliburton Village on Saturday, October 1, from 11 am to 2 pm at the Pet Valu Store (231 Highland Dr.) Dr. I. Arteaga, DVM, will be providing rabies vaccine for cats and dogs at a cost of $25 per animal (cash only). Limited microchips are also available, but for $25 extra.

To help the clinics run smoothly, pet owners are asked to have dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier.

Rabies is a serious virus that attacks the nerves and brain of an animal. People and pets may get rabies when an animal infected with rabies licks an open wound, or bites and scratches them. If left untreated, rabies is fatal. In this area, it is mandatory for pet owners to get their cats and dogs vaccinated for rabies. Failure to comply with mandatory rabies vaccination for pets can lead to a fine.

An added reason to get local pets vaccinated against rabies is the current outbreak of rabies being found in wildlife in Ontario, especially concentrated in the Hamilton-Brantford area.

For media inquiries, contact:

Frances Tsotsos, Public Health Inspector, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 457-1391 or 1-866-888-4577.

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