By Tia Lynn Ivey
About 185 pets received free rabies vaccinations from the Morgan County Animal Control this past weekend. “It was a great turn out,” said Donna Prior, director of the Morgan County Animal Control. “Saturday’s free clinic was a success.”
This is the first year the Morgan County Animal Control has offered this free service to the community, believing it to be a vital component in helping the community keep animals and people taken care of and safe.
“The county’s goal was to take a proactive stance in educating the public in the importance of vaccinating their animals against rabies. If this free clinic prevents one household pet from contracting rabies, and prevents that animal from exposing rabies to a human, then the free clinic was well worth the effort. Quite simply, it was the right thing to do,” said Prior. “This clinic was a great way for animal control to interact with the public and to show that we are here to help with the welfare of their animals.”
According to Georgia State law, all animals over four months of age must be inoculated for rabies by a state licensed veterinarian.
“A lot of people do not realize that in order to test an animal for rabies, the animal’s brain has to be submitted to a state approved laboratory. The easiest way to prevent this drastic measure is to simply keep your pet current on its rabies vaccinations,” explained Prior.
During the event, Prior was able to inform participating pet owners of the free spay and neutering certificates her nonprofit organization, Companion Animal Rescue Inc. (CARI), offers to financially-struggling families for their animals.
Rabies vaccines are available all-year round at the Morgan County Animal Control, located at 2392 Athens Hwy in Madison. For more information, call (706) 752-1195.