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SPCA and Regional Animal Services team up for free rabies vaccination and microchipping clinics

By Miriam Hodgman

logoThe SPCA of Northern Nevada and Washoe County Regional Animal Services co-hosts two upcoming clinics offering pet owners free rabies vaccination and microchip services for their pets.

The free “Rabies Vaccination and Microchipping Clinics,” co-hosted by the SPCA of Northern Nevada and Washoe County Regional Animal Services, are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 28. Both will be held at Miguel Ribera Park, 3925 Neil Road, in Reno. These clinics are open to all Washoe County pet owners.

This is the second time this year that the SPCA and Washoe County Regional Animal Services have partnered to offer the public free vaccination and microchipping clinics.

“It is important for the SPCA, and it is one of our missions, to ensure dogs have a rabies vaccination,” SPCA Director Tom 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,” Regional Animal Services Manager Barry Brode said.

The SPCA will have their mobile 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 unwavering support of Maddie’s Fund. We appreciate their commitment to the welfare of our community as well as the animals that play such an important role in our lives,” Brode said.

For more information contact 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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