Five of the veterinary clinics have joined to have a rabies clinic at each of the 32 fire departments in this county. This special vaccination clinic will be held during the period from Aug. 22 to Aug. 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. You will need to identify the fire department you want to go to and match it with the date the veterinarian will be there.
As a reminder, state law requires all dogs and cats to be current with their rabies vaccination at 4 months of age and older. Vaccinations are good for one year initially, with subsequent vaccinations good for three years if done timely. Using these clinics is a ready reminder that it is time for a vaccination. Although only one county rabies clinic is required annually, the local veterinarians have been providing three of them. The cost has been $8 per shot but the the Robeson County Board of Commissioners have contributed $3 towards each shot in the past to help with the cost.
As a reminder, rabies remains an issue in this county with the last positive case being a raccoon from the Red Springs area a couple of weeks ago. Unvaccinated animals that are involved in a bite will be observed for 10 days at a veterinary clinic or the animal shelter. Generally, the costs for this will exceed $100 so investing in the shot may save you some money. Going a little further, an unvaccinated dog that comes in contact with a suspected rabid animal — which could be any fox, raccoon or the like — will, in all likelihood, be euthanized.
Sept. 6through 17 will mark the semi-annual SNIP program — Spay/Neuter Improves Pets. Five clinics will offer discounted spaying or neutering at that time. About 3,370 animals and owners have taken advantage of this program in Robeson County over the years. You must make an appointment at your favorite clinic in order to avail yourself of this service.
Bill Smith is the director of the Robeson County Health Department.