All day rabies clinic big success - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

All day rabies clinic big success

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

 LAKE CHARLES, LA. (KPLC) -There were big dogs, little dogs, fluffy puppies and kitty cats too brought by their owners from all around Calcasieu. They came to Burton Coliseum for the first ever all day rabies clinic which got underway 8 a.m.

Veterinarian Dr. Tracy Bright says pets should be vaccinated each year.  "If they're not vaccinated and they come in contact with an animal that is rabid they could potentially be infected with rabies and then they need to be quarantined or potentially euthanized because of that."

 Besides the annual rabies shot, pet owners could also get their pets micro chipped to make finding them easier if they ever get lost...that's important to pet owners like Mary Henry from Carlyss, especially after seeing what can happen in a hurricane.  "It's very important especially after Rita. I did not have them micro chipped. People that did not have them micro chipped lost them. This way with being micro chipped they can find their way home."

This event is instead of 17 or so smaller clinics scattered around the parish and as hoped, it seems to provided a more well organized less chaotic setting to take care of pet needs. Says Henry, "I liked it. It went very smoothly. With the amount of people here it was a breeze."

Another new attraction is the drive through. You can put your animals in the car and get them vaccinated or micro chipped without even getting out of the vehicle. Animal Services Director Rita Cavenaugh says the day has gone well. "People are excited. The lines are moving faster. There's more room to move around. We've had several vets here. So, it's just all and all, we feel, a better clinic."

 And after finishing official business there were vendors to check out for those who perhaps needed some doggie duds for all tastes and styles. And if you missed it this week a second clinic will be held Saturday, June 12 at the Cal-Cam Fairgrounds.

Vaccinations continue until 5 PM tonight at Burton Coliseum.

Vaccination and licensing rates for spay/neutered animals is $8, and unaltered pets cost $10.

Unlike in past years, the clinic will be an all day event in one place rather than several locations scattered throughout the parish.

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