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Panhandle Humane Society hosting Pet Health Fair May 24

May 20, 2017

SCOTTSBLUFF — Volunteers are preparing for the Panhandle Humane Society’s (PHS) Pet Health Fair.

The event hopes to reach other people who might not otherwise be able to afford vaccinations for pets, but all pet owners are invited to come to the event and participate.

PHS, Dr. Somer Pieper and her staff at Mitchell Valley Animal Hospital and Dr. Jerry Upp and his staff at Midtown Animal Hospital will be on hand to administer vaccinations and microchips.

Cathy McDaniel, executive director at PHS said vaccinations are a good idea for pets not only for the safety of the animal, but for the safety of their neighbors’ pets, children and adults.

“If you’re dog or cat bit someone and broke the skin, and they’re not current on their vaccinations, we need to quarantine them for 10 days,” McDaniel said. “You can eliminate that for $10, save $190 to quarantine and a lot of headaches.”

If your pet bites someone and that person needs rabies shots, it could cost you upward of $5,000.

Rabies and dog/cat distemper at the Pet Health Fair will be $10 each. Dog and Cat City Licenses will be available for $6 for pets who are spayed/neutered with proof of a current Rabies vaccination and $11 for those who are not. Microchips will also be available for $25 each.

If you and your pet attended the pet health fair last year and your animal was vaccinated, they do not need a rabies vaccine this year. Rabies vaccines are good for two years.

PHS is asking pet owners to make sure their cats are in a carrier and their dogs are on a leash for the safety of their pet, other pets and the people nearby. While PHS would like to serve all the animals in attendance, there is a limited supply. Vaccinations will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Pet Health Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 24 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA Camp Pavilion, located along the river behind the Riverside Discovery Center.

For more information about the Pet Health Fair, call the Panhandle Humane Society at 308-635-0922.