IMPERIAL COUNTY – The Imperial County Public Health Department’s Animal Control office has announced the schedule for the upcoming low cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics for 2010-2011. Imperial County Animal Control has been conducting Rabies Vaccination Clinics in Imperial County for over forty-three years. The first clinic is scheduled for Saturday November 6, 2010 at Verde School in Holtville, located at South East corner of Bonds Corner Road and Verde School Road from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.  Last year over 1,351 county dogs were vaccinated and licensed by visiting the clinics offered by Animal Control.

The rabies vaccine protects dogs and cats from the rabies virus. Although rabies among domestic animals in Imperial County is rare, the area is considered high-risk due to the presence of rabies among bats and skunks. Even if a dog or cat has been vaccinated, if they come in contact with a skunk or bat, the recommendation is for them to be revaccinated as soon as possible. The fee for the Rabies Vaccine for dogs and cats is $6.00. County Dog Licenses will also be provided for a fee of $10.00 for male, $5.00 for a neutered male, $10.00 for a

female and $5.00 for a spayed female. Clinic will be held in various locations of the county including Desert Shores, Salton City, Niland and Winterhaven. No appointment is necessary to attend the clinics.

According to Daniel Torrez, Animal Control Supervisor for the Imperial County Public Health Department, “the Rabies Vaccination Clinics are held for the public’s convenience. Animal Control takes the clinics to remote areas throughout the county so people <<News Release 2010_2011 Rabies Vaccination Clinics.pdf>> can have access to the vaccine at low cost.” In Imperial County it is mandatory for all dogs over 4 months of age to be vaccinated against rabies and licensed each year. The license is good through the date of issue. It is strongly recommended, although not mandatory, that all cats over 4 months of age also be vaccinated against rabies on a yearly basis.

The rabies vaccine and county licenses are also available with local veterinarians and county licenses only are available at Imperial County Animal Control located at 1329 South Sperber Road, El Centro from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturdays.

The following are things people can do to protect their pets from rabies:

· Individuals should visit their veterinarian with their pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, and dogs.

· People should maintain control of their pets by keeping cats indoor and keeping dogs under direct supervision.

· Pets should be spayed or neutered to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly.

· Individuals should avoid contact with unvaccinated or ill stray animals, and should call animal control for removal of stray animals.

For general information about the Rabies Vaccination Clinics, please contact Imperial County Animal Control at (760) 339-6291 or visit the website at www.icphd.org

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