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- Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics Coming to City of Kawartha Lakes on October 15 Offering Protection for Pets -

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) - Pet owners are encouraged to protect their four-footed friends by ensuring their cats and dogs are vaccinated against rabies.

To help the effort, Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics are being held in the City of Kawartha Lakes on Saturday, October 15. The 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 Bruce Barthorpe, 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 15 at the following locations and times:

BOBCAYGEON:

• Three Island Veterinary Services (115 East St. N.), 9 am to Noon

FENELON FALLS:

• Fenelon Animal Clinic (474 County Road 121), 9 am to 1 pm

LINDSAY:

• Kawartha Animal Hospital (130 Angeline St. S.), 9 am to Noon

• Lindsay Animal Clinic (62 Lindsay St. S.), 9 am to Noon

• Victoria Veterinary Services (86 Russell St. W.), 9 am to Noon

OMEMEE:

• Omemee Veterinary Hospital (128 King St. W.), 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:

Bruce Barthorpe, Public Health Inspector, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569 or 1-866-888-4577.

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