Rabies clinics start Saturday

March 1, 2016
The Herald Chronicle

Animal Control, in conjunction with local veterinarians, has announced the dates for the annual Franklin County Rabies Clinics.

Because a licensed veterinarian must administer rabies vaccinations, Dr. Harry Prince and staff with Town and Country Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Traci Helton and staff with Midtown Veterinary Services and Hospital as well as Drs. George and Ashley Bowers and staff with Animal Care Center, will conduct clinics on Saturdays through-out the month of March.

Discounted shots

In addition to these scheduled clinics out in the communities of Franklin County, each of the three local veterinary offices will offer rabies vaccinations to any healthy dog or cat during their regular office hours at the discounted price. No appointment is necessary.

The Tennessee Anti-Rabies Law states that dogs and cats may be vaccinated as early as three months of age and must be vaccinated by six months of age to be compliant with the law.

Convenient clinic locations

Each Saturday this month, rabies clinics will be set up at community centers, churches and parks across the county.

Veterinarians have made efforts in recent years to offer clinics in the outskirts of the county for the convenience of residents and their pets.

The two newest clinics are being held in Sherwood and on Keith Springs. Also, two clinics are moved to new locations. Centennial is now being held at the Liberty Community Center and the Midway clinic will be held across the street at St. James Episcopal Church.

Pet owners are asked to support and attend the clinic most convenient to them and to take advantage of the discounted price this month. The cost of each rabies vaccination is only $11 per dog or cat. The goal of these clinics is to vaccinate as many dogs and cats as possible.

Saturday clinics

The following are the dates and locations of each Saturday rabies clinic.

Saturday, March 5
Old Salem at Salem House, 8:30-9 a.m.; Huntland City Hall, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; Liberty Community Center, 11-11:45 a.m.; Winchester Springs at Church of Jesus Christ (old school), 1:30-2:15 p.m. and Center Grove Community Center, 2:30-4 p.m.

Saturday, March 12
Broadview at Bethel Methodist Church, 8:15-9:30 a.m.; Lexie Crossroads at Lexie Church, 10-10:45 a.m.; Belvidere Community Center, 11:15 a.m.-noon; Estill Springs City Park, 1-2:30 p.m.; Capitol Hill Community Center, 2:45-3:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 19
Cowan Police Dept. (old city hall), 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Midway at St. James Episcopal Church, 9:45-10:45 a.m.; Sherwood Community Center (old school), 11:15-11:45 a.m.; Sewanee Elementary School, 1-2 p.m.; Oak Grove Community Center, 2:30-3 p.m.; Decherd at New City Hall, 3:30-4 p.m.

Saturday, March 26
Winchester at Board of Education Special Services (old Health Dept.) 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Keith Springs Community Center, 9-10 a.m.

Those with questions may call 967-5389 or one of the county veterinarian offices.