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Free companion animal microchipping and rabies vaccination clinics

By Miriam Hodgman

RAS Final Version RV1PET MICROCHIP CLINIC NEWS RELEASE – The SPCA of Northern Nevada and Washoe County Regional Animal Services co-hosts a rabies vaccination and microchip clinic at the Sun Valley Scolari’s parking lot on Wednesday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again, at the same location, on Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The rabies vaccination and microchip clinic is available to all Washoe County pet owners. There is no cost for the rabies vaccination or the microchip.

Director of the SPCA Tom Jacobs and Washoe County Regional Animal Services Director Barry Brode felt that partnering the two agencies for free vaccination and microchipping clinics would be an important service for pet owners.

“It is important for the SPCA, and it is one of our missions, to ensure dogs have a rabies vaccination,” Jacobs said. “And who better to partner with than Washoe County Regional Animal Services. It is for the pet’s benefit and for the benefit of our community.”

“Joint outreach efforts such as this gives both our agencies an opportunity to work together toward a common goal of greater public safety and animal welfare,” Brode said.

The SPCA will have their mobile “SPCA Spay and Neuter Van” on-site along with their licensed veterinarian to oversee the rabies vaccination process. They will also be offering other low-cost vaccinations during this event.

Washoe County Regional Animal Services will have their “Mobile Command Center” on-site along with their licensed veterinarian technician and staff members to assist with microchipping.

A grant provided by Maddie’s Fund has covered the costs associated with the rabies vaccination and the microchips.

“Both the SPCA and Animal Services are grateful for the funding and the unwavering support of Maddie’s Fund. We appreciate their ongoing commitment to our community,” Brode said.

The “Free Rabies Vaccination and Microchipping Clinics” co-hosted by the SPCA of Northern Nevada and Washoe County Regional Animal Services are 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, and 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, in the parking lot of the Scolari’s located at 5430 Sun Valley Boulevard, in Sun Valley. For more information call Regional Animal Services at 775-353-8900.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.

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