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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County hopes to make rabies history by offering a free rabies vaccination with any pet exam or spay/neuter surgery through the end of September.
This offer is available to anyone with a dog or cat 4 months of age or older.
Recognizing rabies is a fatal disease that kills approximately 55,000 annually, the Humane Society is teaming up with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control to vaccinate animals and educate the public about rabies prevention.
Rather than honor World Rabies Day on Sept. 28 for just one day, the Humane Society hopes its special vaccination program will keep a greater number of pets disease free.
"Vaccinating your pet plays a critical role in keeping him or her and our community healthy," said Maria Ramirez, Humane Society's director of animal care.
"It's our intention to be proactive about rabies so that people and animals are safe," she said.
The shelter will also provide the community with educational information about curbing the spread of rabies.
Pet exams are $28, while low-cost spay/neuter surgery fees are dependent on the species, sex and weight of the animal.
Pets must have an appointment, be 4 months of age or older, on a leash or in a carrier and be in general good health. Copies of each pet's previous veterinary records are helpful.
To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (772) 388-0801.