May 1, 2010 - Annual Rabies Clinic in Blairsville, Georgia
The morning vaccination rush was underway by 9:00 am and didn’t let up until late Saturday afternoon. Big dogs, small dogs, cats, thoroughbreds, mutts, and even a few ferrets came out to get their rabies shots.
Hundreds of local pets depend on the Annual Union County Rabies Clinic. This event has helped thousands of pets and their owners over the past fifteen years by providing low-cost rabies, distemper, PARVO, feline FVRCCP, and feline leukemia vaccinations.
Experienced professionals with careful hands, fast moving lines, drive-thru service, and low fees are just part of the service. Because of the rabies clinic, pets are protected from a dreaded and fatal disease. People bring their cats, dogs, and ferrets to one of several locations including the UC Primary School, Precinct Fire House #3 (Hwy. 129), Ivy Log voting precinct, Jones Creek Fire Station, and Suches Fire Station for the vaccines.
Georgia law requires rabies vaccines for dogs, cats, and ferrets that are twelve weeks of age and older. Dogs and cats are vaccinated at six weeks, nine weeks, twelve weeks, and fifteen weeks for DHPP and FVRCCP. Pets over twelve weeks of age getting their first vaccine should have a booster between 2 to 4 weeks after the first vaccine. For more information about boosters, please contact a veterinarian for vaccine protocols.
The Rabies Clinic is sponsored by the Blairsville Animal Hospital, Union County Pet Hospital, and the Union County 4-H 2 Bit Horse Club. Citizens of Union County (and their pets) would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Barnes, Dr. Livingston, Dr. Kessinger, their staff, the members of the 4-H 2 Bit Horse Club, and other volunteers for their generosity and devotion to this worthwhile cause.
Annual Rabies Clinic Benefits Union County
A Rabies Clinic was recently held in Blairsville, Georgia. The event helped many pets and their owners by providing low-cost rabies, canine distemper, canine parvo, feline distemper, feline leukemia, and ferret distemper vaccinations. People braved long lines and windy weather to take advantage of this much-anticipated service that has been offered in Union County for over 10 years.
The Rabies Clinic was sponsored by the Blairsville Animal Hospital , Union County Pet Hospital , and the Union County 4-H 2 Bit Horse Club. Clinics were set up in different parts of Union County including the Civic Center , Suches, Ivy Log, Jones Creek, and at the voting precinct on 19/129.
The Civic Center had the largest turn out. Sassy, a six-year-old dog, received her rabies shot from Dr. DeAnne Livingston. Calvin and Krystal Kitchens got Sassy from the local shelter. Calvin says, "We brought three dogs and 2 cats here today. They got their shots and it only cost $35 total. It's great that the local vets do this for the community."
Across Union County on Jones Creek, Dr. Pattie Barnes gave Stonewall Jackson his vaccination. Stonewall is twelve and belongs to David Glass. Glass says, "Stonewall's registered name is Wavy Gravy. He is the Ben and Jerry Ice Cream pug."
Cindy Ryales of the Union County 4-H 2 Bit Horse Club did a great job organizing the event. She says, "When it's all totaled up, we probably gave about 1000 shots today."
Danielle Schroter, President of the 4-H 2 Bit Horse Club, says, "We do all kinds of stuff. We take field trips, have horse shows, and hold lots of fundraisers. Today we are having this rabies clinic and selling donuts for the Women's Enrichment Center to buy diapers." The 4-H 2 Bit Horse Club is associated with University of Georgia . They have monthly meetings and attend classes at Rock Eagle once a year.
Citizens of Blairsville, Georgia (and their pets) would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Barnes and Dr. Kessinger ( Union County Pet Hospital ), Dr. Livingston and Dr. Boyd ( Blairsville Animal Hospital ), their staff, and the members of the 4-H 2 Bit Horse Club for their generosity and devotion to this worthwhile cause.