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Free pet vaccine clinic scheduled for Saturday morning

by Becky Bell, Special to the Banner News | October 29, 2021 at 12:38 p.m.

A free vaccination clinic for dogs and cats is being held this Saturday from 9:30 until 11 a.m., or until supplies run out, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

Jennifer Pinson, director of H&P Alliance, which is sponsoring the event, said the organization has held clinics like this before, but this is the first time they have received a grant from Petco Love to help them with vaccinations. The clinic is a drive-thru and people are asked not to arrive at the fairgrounds before 9:15 a.m. to allow workers time to set up.

Dogs and cats must be brought in by their owners, Pinson said, as this clinic is not aimed at stray animals. This event is to cover canine DAPP, feline HCP and rabies vaccines. A grant from Petco Love covered the cost of the vaccines, except for the rabies shots, which the H&P Alliance purchased. Rabies vaccines are required by state law and must be administered by a veterinarian, Pinson said.

Dr. Mark Bryan of Eastridge Animal Hospital will be administering vaccines.

“We have 250 dog vaccines and 250 cat vaccines,” Pinson said. “We had such a good turnout in Camden. We wanted to make sure we had enough for Columbia County, but it is open to anyone that wants to drive over to the fairgrounds. I hope we have a huge turnout.”

Although the vaccines are free, H&P Alliance does ask for a donation if people can afford it. The donations are to be split between their organization and Columbia County Animal Protection Society (CCAPS), Pinson said.

Microchips are also available for $25 each, said Kacy Reeves, office manager at Eastridge. Reeves said most people think these microchips track animals, but what they really do is help identify a pet if it gets stolen or wanders off. If its owner registers it with its number, they can be tracked, she said.

Reeves said this clinic is important because it is free. Eastridge sees a lot of puppies coming in with Parvo which can be prevented with a vaccine, she said.

“This is a free vaccine clinic and there are several people who don’t have the money to have their dogs vaccinated,” she said. “Almost every day we have puppies come in with Parvo and if they are not vaccinated, it can lead to death. This is an opportunity to come and get these for your pets.”

Reeves added that after a dog receives a vaccination, they will need to get a booster from their vet within two weeks because there is no way to know how their body will respond to the vaccination.

For more information about this clinic, go to the H&P Animal Alliance on Facebook.

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