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Pima Animal Care Center is holding a free pet vaccine and microchip clinic at Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way, on March 26. Clinic staff will begin processing pets at 8 a.m. The clinic will run until 4 p.m. or whenever the first 400 pets have been served.
“We know how tough it can be to get an appointment with your vet right now,” said Director of Animal Services, Monica Dangler. “We are trying to ease the burden for pet owners and vet clinics as they also deal with a national shortage on veterinarians and vet techs. PACC is happy to help bridge the gap through events like these.”
This is a first-come, first-served event. Pet owners should plan to wait in line, and bring water for themselves and their pets. Dogs need to be on leashes. Cats need to be in carriers.
Services that will be offered include:
- Brief exam by licensed veterinarian
- FVRCP vaccines for cats (Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
- DHPP vaccines for dogs (Canine Distemper, Parvo, Parainfluenza, Adenovirus)
- Rabies vaccines for cats and dogs
- Deworming for pets under six months old
- Microchip implantation
Parvo and distemper virus in dogs, panleukopenia and calicivirus in cats, and rabies virus affecting dogs/cats/people are deadly diseases that are preventable with simple, safe vaccines for pets.
Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, Director of Veterinary Services, says many parts of the U.S. have eradicated these infectious diseases through adequate pet vaccination.
“Pima County has very high levels of a preventable infectious disease due to low vaccination rates,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking trying to pull puppies and kittens, and even adult dogs and cats, though these infections. Our contagious disease wards overflow with sick pets coming in from the public every day.”
Want to help a pet owner in need? Make a financial donation to PACC’s nonprofit partner, Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, who can help vaccinate and microchip pets through the Keeping Families Together (KFT) Fund.