With warm weather, outdoor activities and outings ahead, it is more important than ever to make sure your pet is vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a disease transmitted by the saliva of an infected animal, which enters the central nervous system and causes a brain infection. It is most commonly spread through a bite from an infected dog, cat, raccoon, fox, skunk, or bat. Left untreated, it is usually fatal in both pets and humans.
This is a serious but preventable disease. To help protect pets and people, we are once again hosting a series of low-cost Rabies Clinics throughout the area this summer. Pet vaccines will be available for just $10 each at the following clinics:
- ANIMAL FRIENDS ON-SITE | Sunday, May 20, 2012 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am | 562 Camp Horne Road
- McKEESPORT | Sunday, June 17, 2012 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm| McKeesport Fire Hall on Eden Park Boulevard
- PENN HILLS | Sunday, July 8, 2012 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm | Public Works Garage, 6600 Leechburg Road
- MT. OLIVER | Sunday, July 29, 2012 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm | Hook & Ladder Co., 120 Brownsville Road
- ANIMAL FRIENDS ON-SITE | Sunday, September 9, 2012 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am | 562 Camp Horne Road
- MILLVALE | Sunday, September 16, 2012 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Christ Lutheran Church, 910 North Avenue
All dogs and cats three months of age and over will be vaccinated on a first-come, first-served basis. For safety reasons, all dogs must be on leashes and all cats in carriers.
State law requires that all pets over three months of age must be vaccinated against rabies, with non-compliance resulting in $300 per day fines.
Animal Friends encourages pet owners to protect their pets from rabies by keeping them in the house or under their supervision at all times. If you notice an animal in your yard that is behaving in an aggressive, erratic manner, report the incident to your local police or animal control agency, as it could be showing signs of rabies infection.
For more information about Animal Friends’ rabies clinics, call 412.847.7076 or click here!
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