By Davida Siwisa James
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW
Pet owners know that keeping pets updated with vaccinations is an important part of caring for them. The Apple Valley Animal Services Department offers reduced-cost vaccines that make this more affordable.
The Municipal Animal Shelter will host the first of its low-cost rabies vaccination clinics on Feb. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. Additional clinics will be held at the same time on Wednesdays, every other month in 2013.
“So far the clinics have been a pretty good success, and people do appreciate having the lower priced clinics available,” animal shelter supervisor Kristin Hebertsonsaid. “At these clinics, people are able to vaccinate and license at the same time.”
The rabies shots are $6 each and other vaccines are also available at a reduced cost. Microchip services are only $20. The services are cash only.
Hebertson explained that while rabies is rare, residents often don’t know their pet has come in contact with an infected animal until it’s too late.
“In a municipal shelter, it’s good for us as well,” said Hebertson. “Then more of the animals coming in have vaccines and won’t infect the other animals in the shelter.”
Seniors and disabled residents of Apple Valley who are unable to transport their pets to an animal hospital or vaccination clinic can schedule an appointment for the clinic to come to them.
Other vaccinations range from $6 to $15.
The Town of Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter at 22131 Powhatan Road offers a variety of other services for pet owners, including special assistance to low-income families. For more details on all services, call (760) 240-7000 ext.7555 or visit www.AVAnimals.org.