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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 6, 2007

Vaccination/licensing drive-thru clinic set for Sept. 8

Kansas City, Mo., residents can protect their pets against rabies by having them vaccinated at a special drive-thru clinic Sept. 8, which also is World Rabies Day.

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Animal Health and Public Safety Division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department is offering the drive-thru vaccination/licensing clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sarah Lucito Memorial Animal Adoption Center, 4400 Raytown Road.

This is the first year that World Rabies Day has been held and the day is intended to draw attention to rabies and how to prevent its spread. In 2006, there were nearly 7,000 cases of animal rabies reported in the United States. These animals, mostly wildlife, can expose humans and pets to rabies. Vaccination of cats, dogs and ferrets provides a safety barrier against rabies for both pets and their owners.

At this event, rabies vaccinations will be available for $10. Also available will be canine DHLPP and bordetella for dogs, and feline leukemia and FVRCP for cats for $10 each.

Pets residing in the city must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed (per City ordinance). Licenses will be available at the clinic for $10 for altered pets and $33 for unaltered pets. Animal control officers are increasing pet owner compliance efforts this year.

"Rabies prevention is crucial to the work done by the Animal Health and Public Safety Division,” said Lesly Forsberg, manager of the Animal Health and Public Safety Division. “This effort includes increasing and providing alternative opportunities for Kansas Citians to vaccinate their pets."

All proceeds from the vaccinations given at this event will go to the Kansas City Pet Program, which is a non-profit organization that combats pet overpopulation and enhances the quality of life for animals staying at the municipal shelter.

For more information about the drive-thru clinic, call the Animal Health and Public Safety Division, (816) 513-9800.

Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Teresa L. Clark, public information officer for the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 513-3247.

    
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