Pam Dudding Contributing writer
Animals become important in many people’s lives. Their companionship provides comfort, joy and for many, protection.
Just like people, animals need to be taken care of for their well-being.
The Craig County Volunteer Rescue Squad is having a drive-thru rabies clinic at the Craig County Fairgrounds on Saturday, February 19, from 9 a.m. until noon.
The clinic is held by Dr. Marge Lewter. She is a first responder and an active member of the Craig County Volunteer Rescue Squad who will be administering the vaccine.
Lewter has hosted these clinics often to help support our local squad and other volunteer operations in the community.
The Craig County Fairgrounds Association allows them to use the property for this event to make it easily accessible for everyone.
The majority of the proceeds will benefit the Craig County Rescue Squad. Any remaining money will go towards the expense of the vaccine.
While there is no limit on the number of animals people can bring, people are asked that all dogs be on a leash and cats be caged.
Masks are requested during this clinic.
Dogs and cats can be vaccinated for rabies after three months of age and is required for a dog license. Proof of vaccines are required to obtain the license.
The rabies is the only required vaccination by law in the United States because rabies is considered a fatal disease as well as a “zoonotic” disease, meaning that it can be transmitted from an animal to a person.
The vaccination is supposed to help stimulate a dog or cat’s immune system to guard against the dreadful rabies disease.
A suggested donation of $15 is requested per pet. Individuals may pay in cash or check to Craig County Rescue Squad.
Paperwork can be picked up at the Craig County Treasurer’s Office in the courthouse. If unable to make it there, one may complete it at the clinic or can print them off from online at http://craigrescue.com/rabies.
Information needed will be the breed, sex, weight, if it has been neutered, had previous rabies shot, etc.
They ask, if at all possible, that these forms be completed for each animal before people arrive to prevent delays.
However, they will help fill out the information if the person doesn’t have the means or accessibility to a printer or to the courthouse during office hours.
“Rain snow or shine, we will still host the clinic on the 19th,” event organizers said.
Those with questions are encouraged to contact 540-616-9247. Let’s keep our furry animals safe and protected.