Free vaccines, microchips available at shelter clinic this weekend

Jessica Fuller • Jun 19, 2018 at 6:54 PM

In an effort to give pets the best care possible and curb cat and dog overpopulation, the Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter has teamed up with the Washington County Humane Society to offer free vaccines, microchips and spay/neuter vouchers at a clinic this weekend.

The shelter tested the waters with the free clinic last year, shelter operations manager Tammy Davis said, and more than 100 citizens showed up to get rabies shots for their pets. In addition to one-year rabies shots, the clinic will also offer distemper shots, microchipping and vouchers for the spay/neuter program for the first 100 Washington County pets at the shelter Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. 

Keeping pets up to date on their vaccinations is important for their health, Davis said, and the aim for the clinic is to help families with pets who may not be able to afford a vet bill. The microchipping comes in handy for shelters trying to find pets’ owners when they come in the door, and having a microchip increases the likelihood cats and dogs will be able to find their way home.

“A microchip can make a huge difference in getting your animal back,” Davis said. 

Made possible by a private donor, the clinic will also be handing out 100 spay/neuter vouchers for pets who haven’t been fixed yet. 

“Our big push is the only way we’re going to end the pet overpopulation is for people to spay and neuter their animals,” Davis said. “Our goal is to hit as many unspayed and unneutered pets as possible.” 

The clinic is for residents of Washington County, but Davis said citizens from surrounding counties may get services at a discount. 

Email Jessica Fuller at jfuller@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow Jessica on Twitter @fullerjf91. Like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jfullerJCP.

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