The Humane Society of Hall County will be holding another rabies clinic this Saturday that likely will be the last one of the season.
Organizers decided just recently to hold this weekend’s clinic, due to the recent rabies cases which have been reported.
"We had another case of rabies last week," said Humane Society President Rick Aiken, adding that there is a large turnout at every rabies clinic. "We had kind of played with the idea of having one, because when we drive out of the parking lot, there are people still coming in."
The rabies clinic will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, with rabies shots for $10 and bordetella shots for $10. In addition, microchipping also will be available for $20, which includes a lifetime registration for the pet-tracking service.
Puppies and kittens must be 3 months old for rabies inoculations and all dogs must be on a reliable collar and leash. Cats must be in carriers.
The 16th rabies case of the year in Hall County was confirmed last week, a rabid skunk in North Hall. Last year, Hall was tops in the state with reporting a total of 43 confirmed cases for the year; fewer than a dozen is a more typical number.
"People need to understand, we’ve had less rabies cases this year, but it is still out there and it is a state law that they have to be vaccinated," Aiken said. He also warned that felines also need rabies shots, though many cat owners don’t get the vaccination for their pet. "...The cases of domestic animals that have had rabies in Hall County have all been cats ... They’re a concern."
Aiken said Saturday’s clinic may be the last one of the year, due to a number of humane society fundraisers which are coming up and because it is tough on volunteers and pets to hold clinics when the temperature dips too low. The next rabies clinic might not be until after January, he said.