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- Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics Coming to Northumberland on October 1 Offering Protection for Pets -

(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) - Pet owners are encouraged to protect their four-footed friends by ensuring their cats and dogs are vaccinated against rabies.

To help in this effort, Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics are being held in Northumberland County on Saturday, October 1. These annual clinics are organized by local veterinarians in partnership with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

“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 Md Azad, 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 cost only $25 per animal (cash only). No examination of the animal will take place at the clinic, and participating veterinarians ask that dogs be on leashes and cats in carriers. The Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics are set to take place on October 1 at the following locations and times:

BRIGHTON

• Codrington Fire Hall (County Road 27), 9 am to 2:30 pm (presented by Hrushy Veterinary Housecall Services)

CAMPBELLFORD:

• English Line Veterinary Services (527 County Road 38), 9 am to 1 pm

COBOURG:

• Midtown Animal Hospital (483 Division St.), 9 am to 1 pm

• Pine Ridge Veterinary Clinic (483 Ontario St.), 9 am to 1 pm

• Strathy Road Animal Clinic (1 Strathy Rd., Unit 4), 9 am to 1 pm

PERRYTOWN:

• Kato Mobile Vet Services, St. Paul's Anglican Church (6876 County Rd. 10, south of County Rd. 9), 9 am to 1 pm

PORT HOPE:

• Dale Veterinary Clinic (121 Toronto Rd., Unit 131), 9 am to 1:30 pm

• Ganaraska Animal Clinic (146 Rose Glen Rd. S.), 9 am to 1:30 pm

• Port Hope Veterinary Hospital (25 Peter St.), 9 am to Noon

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:

Md Azad, Public Health Inspector, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100 or 1-866-888-4577.

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