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Free Vaccines at Watsonville Healthy Dogs Shots Fair

Santa Cruz County dogs receive free rabies and distemper/parvovirus shots, $10 microchips and information on low-cost ($20) spay or neuter options.

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter’s Healthy Dogs Shots Fair For Santa Cruz County Resident Dogs

On Saturday, May 19, 2012, Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS) will host the Healthy Dogs Shots Fair from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Ramsay Park Baseball Field, 1301 Main Street in Watsonville. Dogs will receive free rabies shots, free distemper/parvovirus shots, $10 microchips (includes registration) and information on low-cost ($20) spay or neuter options.

Participant dogs must reside in Santa Cruz County (includes all cities).  Dogs must be 4 months of age to receive a rabies shot and 2 months of age to receive a distemper/parvovirus shot. All dogs must be on a leash. Services will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Dog owners will also have the opportunity to learn about responsible pet ownership and dog training tips.

“We hope to offer resources to the community that will improve the health and welfare of our area’s pets,” says Melanie Sobel, General Manager, SCCAS.  Vaccines significantly reduce the chance of dogs contracting deadly diseases.  Microchipping a pet offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying their pet and linking the animal back to the owner.  Spaying and neutering a pet is healthier for the animal and helps to combat the pet overpopulation problem.

For more information, please visit www.scanimalshelter.org.

About Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS)

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCCAS) provides animal regulation and humane care that protects the health, public safety and welfare of people and animals in Santa Cruz County. 

SCCAS currently rescues and assures safe, temporary shelter, veterinary and humane care for approximately 7,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated and injured animals each year. SCCAS also provides 24-hour animal rescue service and is Santa Cruz County’s only full service, open-admission animal shelter. SCCAS provides two locations for owners to find and recover their lost pets and adopt new animal companions at 2200 7th Ave. in Live Oak, Santa Cruz, and 580 Airport Blvd. in Watsonville. 

SCCAS is an organization charged with the responsibility of rescuing thousands of lost and homeless animals and animals suffering from cruelty, neglect and indifference.

Animal Care and Control facilities are often referred to derogatorily as “the pound”. They are often one of the most misunderstood organizations in any community. Although their mission is to save lives, their community’s irresponsible pet ownership requires them to euthanize animals, and then they are faulted for doing so. These organizations don’t have the luxury of shrinking from the life and death issues of animal welfare. They are the only animal welfare agency in any community that has to address the issue of pet euthanasia head on every minute of every day.

For more information, please call 831-454-7303 or visit our website www.scanimalshelter.org

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Patty Newton May 09, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I hope that after reading about the rabies cases people take advantage of this wonderful offer. Thank you for doing this. I adopted my dog and cat from your shelter, you are a great service to our community.
Chucky D. May 09, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Will all shot doses be the same? My dog is small and should get a smaller dosage unlike Valley Feed store did last time.
Jennifer Squires May 10, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I'm sure the shelter folks will do a good job handling the dogs' needs at the shots clinic, but I'd recommend asking before your pooch gets the needle.
Melanie Sobel May 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Thanks so much Patty! We hope to be able to service up to 500 dogs at this event. Thanks as well for opeining your heart and home to one of the homeless animals at our shelter.
Melanie Sobel May 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Yes, according to the manufacturing label dogs get the same dose of vaccine. A veterinarian will be on scene to oversee the operations at the event.

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