City of Long Beach Partners to Offer Free and Discounted Rabies Vaccinations For Pets

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dog-cat-pets ree Rabies VaccinationsThe City of Long Beach is partnering with the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) to offer free and discounted vaccinations to and in recognition of World Rabies Day. The first 25 licensed or cats to arrive at the event between 10 AM and 12 PM on Friday, September 28 will receive a free vaccination.

The SCVMA is able to provide this service as a result of generous contributions from Boehringer Ingleheim, Merck, Merial, and Pfizer. Vaccinations will be administered at the Center at 7700 East Spring Street in the PD Pitchford Auditorium. After the first 25 free vaccinations are administered, subsequent pet owners may have their pets vaccinated for a discounted rate of just $6.00. licensing inspectors will be on hand to assist with any pet licensing needs. Please note only rabies vaccinations will be available at this event. For information about future low-cost, full-service vaccination clinics please visit www.longbeach.gov/acs .

“The rabies vaccination is one of the most important vaccinations we can give our animals,” says Mayor Bob Foster. “This protects our pet, and it protects our families. I’d like to thank the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association for partnering with Long Beach – and to all of our resident pet owners, please take this opportunity to vaccinate your dogs and cats if you haven’t already.”

SCVMA Executive Director Peter Weinstein, DVM, notes, “The SCVMA has been a huge advocate for rabies prevention through vaccination clinics that we used to offer throughout the LA/OC area. These were offered in response to the almost epidemic nature of rabies in Los Angeles about 50 years ago. Through awareness and vaccination, we have been able to help control the prevalence of rabies in our domestic pets, dogs and cats. However, we can never forget to be vigilant. This program from the SCVMA is to help the community be more attentive about protecting and also licensing their pets. Rabies is an easily preventable disease in pets and licensing is an important way of returning pets to owners. Our goal is to help create responsible pet owners.”

The goal of Long Beach Animal Care Services is to make Long Beach the safest large city in California for both people and animals through the promotion of responsible pet ownership and recreation. Long Beach ACS serves 600,000 residents and pets in Long Beach, Cerritos, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and Signal Hill.

For more information on this or other Animal Care Services opportunities, please call (562) 570-PETS(7387), or visit www.longbeach.gov/acs. For information on other Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine programs, call (562) 570-3100 or visit www.LBParks.org, sign up for e-notify.

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