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Rabies Vaccinations

According to the World Health Organization, rabies kills 55,000 people worldwide each year but getting pets vaccinated for rabies can reduce that number. That is one of the reasons the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) of the University of North Carolina Wilmington in cooperation with the New Hanover County Health Department, and New Hanover County Animal Control Services conducted a no-cost rabies clinic for dogs, cats, and ferrets, at the Health Department campus Saturday, July 26 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. This is the 20th year the New Hanover County Animal Control has held free rabies vaccination clinics. 160 people brought their pet out to the clinic. William Simmons was one of the 160 people who brought their pet to get vaccinated. Simmons said he brought his pit bull, Carmella to get a shot for her safety. He says Carmella is part of his family and he will protect her just like any other family member. Veterinarian and the Manager of New Hanover Animal Control, Jean McNeil said that "it's important to vaccinate your pet because that's the primary barrier to protect people and your pets against the disease of rabies." McNeil also says getting your pet vaccinated isn't just a good suggestion, it's the law. Dr. Mcneil says animals need to have their rabies shots up to date by hurricane season so if there's an evacuation the pets will have proof of vaccination and be allowed into a shelter. If you missed the free clinic there will be another no cost rabies clinic at UNC-Wilmington on Saturday September 27th for dogs, cats and ferrets. For more information call the New Hanover County Animal Control at 910.798.7500.

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