By Reann Huber
Morgan County Animal Control will hold its first free rabies vaccination clinic this weekend, May 21, to help keep all pets in Morgan County up to date on their vaccinations.
Under Georgia law, dogs, cats, and ferrets are required to receive a rabies vaccination after they are 12 weeks or older, so animal control wants to ensure that all pet owners have the opportunity to receive this necessary vaccination.
Rabies vaccinations are available all the time at animal control, however they wanted to allow Morgan County residents to take advantage of this free clinic as it is easy for pets to be exposed to rabies in the community.
Donna Prior, Director of Morgan County Animal Control, discussed her hopes that this first outreach to the community will be successful so residents can further avoid possibilities of rabies cases with their pets.
“There is so much wildlife,” Prior said. “Raccoons are carriers of rabies; bats are carriers of rabies. Pets can be easily exposed to this disease, so it is important to keep up with their vaccinations.”
Luckily, Lynette Knight, lead environmentalist at the Morgan County Health Department, said there have been no positive cases of rabies so far this year and only one positive case on a skunk last year.
The vaccination clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Morgan County Animal Control on Athens Highway and will be done on a first come, first serve basis. No appointments are necessary for this program.
Residents also have other low cost programs that they can take part in through animal control including a monthly spade and neuter program done through Companion Animal Rescue Inc.
Prior is also the founder of this organization and encourages the community to take part in these low cost spade and neuter programs that occur on the first Tuesday of every month, along with the upcoming rabies vaccination clinic.