Vaccinations cost $10 per animal, a considerable savings over obtaining them at a vet’s office, said Barb Knapp, Erie County’s dog warden.
The clinic is a joint effort of the dog pound, the Erie County Health Department and Firelands Animal Hospital. Any proceeds over the cost of the vaccines will be used to pay for medical care for dogs at the pound, Knapp said.
The clinic will be the 10th that’s been held in Erie County, said Bob England, environmental health director for the Erie County Health Department. Each of the clinics has attracted several hundred people, Knapp said.
The health department helps with the rabies clinics because vaccinating family pets protects the health of local people, England said.
“That’s the first line of defense for protecting one’s family from exposure,” said England.
The danger is a family pet might encounter a rabid animal, he said, such as a bat. If a rabid bat is in the attic and escapes into the house, it could infect a pet.
Health department regulations require all domestic pets such as dogs and cats to be vaccinated for rabies.
Want to Go?
• WHAT: Low cost rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats.
• WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
• WHERE: Erie County Fairgrounds, 2900 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.
• COST: $10 per animal.
• NOTE: Vaccinations are for animals 16 weeks old or older. Cats must be in a carrier; dogs must be on a leash.