In honor of World Rabies Day on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) will host a rabies vaccination clinic from 9-11 a.m. at PACC, 4000 N. Silverbell Road. World Rabies Day is a global health observance that aims to raise awareness about rabies and enhance prevention and control efforts.
Rabies is a virus that affects warm-blooded mammals, including humans, and is most often transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, ultimately causing brain disease and death. However, rabies is preventable. The best way to protect pets is through a rabies vaccine administered by a licensed veterinarian. Once symptoms of this disease appear, it is too late to save an animal that hasn’t been vaccinated.
During the World Rabies Day clinic, rabies vaccines will be administered for $13 each or free with a dog license purchased at the event. License fees are as follows (licensing late fees may apply):
- $15 for altered dogs – proof of alteration (spayed/neutered) required
- $60 for unaltered dogs
- Citizens older than 65 years are eligible to receive a discounted dog license – proof of age required
- Low-income individuals may be eligible to receive a discounted dog license – call (520) 243-5969 in advance of the clinic for details and requirements
To reduce wait time and ensure the clinic runs smoothly, all dogs must be leashed and under the control of an adult and all cats must be secured within cat carriers. If possible, pet owners should bring a record of the previous vaccine so staff can determine the expiration date for the new vaccine.
For more information about PACC, visit www.pimaanimalcare.org or call (520) 243-5900.