Large turnout for rabies clinic despite cold temperatures

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SEAVILLE – Upper Township held its first free rabies clinic of the year Saturday, Jan. 26 at Shore Veterinarians in Seaville. The clinic drew a large and unexpected crowd despite the unusually cold temperatures and snow.

The clinic was scheduled for two hours but lasted three with more than 170 people showing up with their pets for the free vaccinations.

“Fortunately there was sun shining today because we were quite worried about the cold temperatures for residents and their pets,” said Dr. Nick Holland, owner of Shore Veterinarians. “But we had one of the largest turnouts we have ever had for a clinic and we thank people bundled up as they patiently waited to come inside.”

The next rabies clinic is scheduled for 1to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Shore Veterinarians, Route 50 and Hope Corson Road behind the Wawa. Because the clinic attracts a large crowd, dress appropriately.

Shore Animal Control officers work with Holland on the operation of the clinic.

The township, in coordination with the state, offers free rabies clinics each year as a courtesy to the residents. All dogs in the township are required to be licensed and they must have a current rabies vaccination to receive the license.

License fees are as follows: Unaltered animals are $7 for the year. Altered animals are $4 for the year.

Licenses issued on or after March 1 will have late fees in addition to license fee. The late fee is $6 for licenses issued on or before March 31. The late fee increases $1 a month after that.

Residents are required to bring proof of altering of animals to receive the discounted fee.

Lower license fees are offered by the state to encourage spay and neutering of pets. Shore Veterinarians will offer low-cost spay and neuter to qualified residents during the month of February for the municipalities that use their animal control service.

Any resident that does not have proof of prior rabies vaccinations will only receive the one-year vaccination. Because of the recent outbreak of rabies incidents in the county, this regulation will be enforced so residents are asked to bring the appropriate paperwork with them.

The cold weather has been a concern for everyone, especially concerning outdoor pets. Holland said he encourages residents to take their pets inside. If you cannot do that, Shore Animal Control is also donating straw bedding available for pick up at the rabies clinic. Residents are asked to bring their own containers or bags to take the materials. Take enough so it can be changed every two days if it becomes wet or soiled.

For more information, call 609-390-9113.


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