In March, free pet vaccinations for dogs and cats will be available.
March is an excellent month to vaccinate pets, especially if money is limited.
Throughout the month of March, the Washington County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in collaboration with the national nonprofit Petco Love, will offer free immunization days for dogs and cats.
Tonya Pete, CEO of the local SPCA, said this is the first time they've been able to provide free vaccines. Pete said she hoped big when she discovered about Petco Love's vaccine effort, asking for enough shots to vaccinate 600 pups when even 300 would have been spectacular.
Pete's request, however, was gratefully granted as Petco Love works toward its goal of distributing a million free immunizations to animal welfare organizations across the country. The event, according to Pete, will assist to prevent sickness and protect the health and well-being of pets across the county.
The Washington County SPCA has Alfredo available for adoption. During National Pet Vaccination Month in March, the Westside Community Center and the Washington County SPCA will give free dog and cat immunizations.
We're expecting that a free event will attract a large number of people who might not otherwise get their pets vaccinated, she explained.
In the spring, when most puppies and kittens are born, a pet's exposure to severe but preventable diseases including parvovirus, distemper, and panleukopenia increases. Pete said a handful of litters have already arrived at the SPCA and have been put in safe foster homes.
The viruses are quickly transferred, but puppies and kittens must wait for protection before they may be protected. They can't be vaccinated until they're six weeks old and have been weaned.
During that time, they're vulnerable to all of the diseases that animals encounter, and it may be disastrous, according to Pete.
On March 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Westside Community Center, 501 S. Bucy Ave., will host a free outdoor vaccination clinic for dogs.
The Washington County SPCA, 16620 State Hwy. 123, will give free cat vaccines every Friday in March from 1 to 4 p.m.
On a first-come, first-served basis, the first 300 Washington County citizens will receive free microchips. The DAPPv vaccine for dogs and the HCP vaccine for cats will be provided by Petco Love.
We can assist these creatures live a healthy life by delivering free vaccines to those in need, said Petco Love president Susanne Kogut in a news release. We continue our 22-year legacy of strategic investments and innovation to eliminate avoidable pet euthanasia through our national endeavor.
Despite the fact that the vaccines are only available to Washington County pet owners, Pete said there are no limits on the number of animals one individual can bring.
She stated, All we want is for all of your animals to be safe.
Pete can be reached at 918-336-1577 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information about the free immunization events.