PRESCOTT, Ariz., (September 19, 2018) — Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) will offer free rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs at its Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 between 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. YHS’ public clinic is located at 2989 E Centerpointe Dr., Prescott, Ariz.
The free rabies vaccinations will be offered in honor of World Rabies Awareness—annually recognized at the end of September. To take advantage of the free rabies vaccination customers will need to purchase one wellness service during their visit. No appointment is needed to take advantage of this public service, which is aimed at making the community and its domestic pets safer.
While rabies is a disease that may seem uncommon, the myth of near-eradication is easy to dispel. Domestic animals constitute 8 percent of Rabies cases, but are increasing at a rapid rate, according to the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, west of the Mississippi River, Arizona has the highest incidences of Rabies per year than any other state.
It is important to protect domestic pets from the dangers that wildlife presents. The rabies vaccination is required by law for dogs, but cats benefit from the vaccine as well. Because of their adventurous nature, a cat is more likely to encounter Rabies-infected wildlife. In fact, the Center for Disease Control reports that, of the bites from companion animals, a person is three times more likely to require preventative treatment for Rabies from a cat bite than from a dog.