Calcasieu Police Jurors make changes to rabies clinics - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Calcasieu Police Jurors change rabies clinics

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -Thousands of pets were vaccinated against rabies at seventeen clinics in Calcasieu Parish one Saturday last year.

But it turns out there are problems and inefficiencies with the clinics not so obvious to the public. Officials hope to make it better by holding two all day events.

The annual rabies clinics have been wildly popular with the public. At first blush it might look like changing from 17 clinics one day each year to two locations on two different days is cutting back. But spokesman Diana Morales says they're actually expanding the service. "It's not just going to be for rabies vaccinations. We have invited vendors that have animal products for sale. Or we are going have trainers there who can provide advice on training your pet. We are going to have a lot of the ordinances available and people that can speak about those and give information out."

As well having professionals key in pet owners information on the spot will improve record keeping efficiency by getting information into the computer system right away which is the key to re-uniting lost pets with their owners. Explains Morales, "The information will be put in right away so that we can get that all in at one time and we don't have to wait until 2011 to just finish up 2010's rabies slips and get them into the computer because the officers have laptops in their trucks and so that when they find an animal with a tag we want them to be able to take it home right then. Not wait until Monday when they can find the tag information and who the animal belongs to."

So, parish officials hope people will participate in the re-vamped clinics and bring their dogs, cats and even ferrets for rabies shots that are so important for community health and safety.

They are still looking for vendors for both days-- they want a vendor to sell food. Anyone interested call 721-3730.

 Here's the official release from the Calcasieu Police Jury concerning the scheduling of the clinics:  The Office of Animal Services will be offering two rabies clinics in an effort to prevent the spread of Rabies Infection.  Calcasieu Parish and other municipal ordinances require that all dogs and cats over the age of three months be vaccinated for rabies and licensed.

The clinics will offer rabies vaccinations to pet owners at a reduced cost.   Vaccination and licensing rates for spay/neutered animals is $8. Unaltered pets will cost $10.00. The public is encouraged to bring their pet's license from last year, as well as correct change to pay to ensure a short wait time. All dogs will need to be on a leash and cats must be in a portable kennel.

 Vendors will also be on-hand at the clinics showcasing animal-related products; a local licensed pet dog trainer will be there to answer questions. Local rescue organizations have been invited to answer questions about their groups.

 Clinic dates, time, and locations are: 

  • May 22nd         8am – 5pm      Burton Coliseum
  • June 12th          8am – 5pm      Cal-Cam Fairgrounds

   Once a pet is vaccinated by a licensed Louisiana Veterinarian, and licensed in Calcasieu Parish, the law requires pets to wear the license tag both in all areas of the Parish.  Cat owners are encouraged to place the tag on a humane breakaway collar.

  Please note: residents feeding stray animals should keep in mind that the legal definition of a "pet owner" is any person, business, corporation, or any other legal entity that provides care, harbors, acts as custodian, or permits an animal to remain on or about his premises. If someone is bitten, this entity could be held responsible.

 For more information call Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and Adoption Center at 721-3730.

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