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Vaccination clinic for dogs and cats

Aug. 11, 2012 at 10 p.m.

Tomorrow, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Animal Protection League (APL) Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic, will be in Marshall at Tractor Supply, 105 East End Blvd.

A lot of Harrison County residents have been taking their dogs and cats to the Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic to receive their inoculation which insures the animals' health.

It is not the intent to tempt someone to go to a low-cost facility rather than their personal vet. It is always a wise decision to have a vet for your dog or cat, someone who sees the animal at certain times of the year and will be available whenever he or she is needed to care for the animal.

The clinics like the one mentioned here are different than a veterinarian's office. The low-cost clinics come to town to perform specifics functions and then they move on. Veterinarians who maintain a clinic say that in order to provide services such as vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery, the mobile units have to be "leaving something out in order to do it for the lower price."

Not so. The way the mobile units cover the costs they incur is usually through receiving grant funding and donations. If they "left something out," it would be known and people would stop taking their dogs and cats to the mobile clinics.

Readers might be surprised at the number of phone calls I receive from residents needing help with a dog or cat that has come to their property. Usually, the most critical thing is, "How can I have my dog or cat spayed or neutered?" Can you imagine how many calls are received at the Marshall Animal Shelter and the Pet Place (Humane Society of Harrison County office)?

As far as I know, the shelter does not have funding for spay/neuter, but the Pet Place usually has funds available to assist low-income individuals to have dogs or cats spayed or neutered.

Anyone needing financial assistance to have their dog or cats spayed or neutered should call (903) 938-7297 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The APL charge for rabies is $7. The annual dog package including rabies, distemper/parvo and bordetello is $25. The cat package include rabies, feline distemper and leukemia and is $25. No appointment is necessary for the vaccinations, come and bring the animal on Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dogs must be on leashes and cats MUST be in pet carriers. Heartworm and flea medications are also available.

An appointment is absolutely essential for spay or neuter surgery. Male cats are $35 and female cats are $45. Female dogs $60-$70, male dogs $55-$65. Dogs weighing 80-100 pounds need to visit one of APL's stationary programs. Dog prices include a recovery collar. Spay/neuter fee includes anesthesia and pain management.

The APL accepts cash, Visa, Mastercard or Discover. No checks.



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