Staff from the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services and the Animal Care Division of the Gaston County Police Department will offer free one-year rabies vaccines to the first 200 cats or dogs of Gaston County residents on Saturday morning, April 22nd.
Vaccines will be administered from 9-11 a.m., or until supplies run out. The event will be held in the main parking lot of Gaston DHHS’s Hudson location, 991 W. Hudson Blvd. Only one-year vaccinations will be provided; no three-year vaccine will be available. North Carolina law requires all dogs or cats over 4 months of age to be vaccinated to prevent rabies and that any unvaccinated pet bitten by an animal with an unknown rabies status must be quarantined for six months at the owner’s expense, or euthanized.
As an added convenience, Animal Care personnel and volunteers will be on-site to complete paperwork for owners to receive license tags for pets vaccinated that day. The charge for one-year licenses is $10 with proof of pet’s spay/neuter (letter from vet or receipt that surgery was performed) or $35 for non-spay/neuter pets, payable by cash or check. License tags do not have to be purchased that day, but must be purchased from Animal Care within ten business days to avoid late fees. Mail-in forms will be available for those who wish to pay later.
The drive-through rabies vaccine event is in conjunction with Gaston County’s spring rabies clinic, a two-week period when veterinarians around the county are offering rabies vaccines at a reduced rate of $8 per vaccine. Local officials encourage the public to take advantage of this opportunity to vaccinate dogs and cats at the reduced rate as up-to-date immunizations can help prevent financial burdens and heartache associated with potential rabies exposure. Call your veterinarian’s office to find out if they are participating and how to take advantage of this offer. These prices are valid from April 24th through May 6th at participating offices; other veterinary office fees may apply.
For more information on rabies, visit www.cdc.gov/rabies.