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  • June 25 "Love Your Pup" event offers free vaccines and microchip for up to 500 dogs

    Jun 16, 2016 | Read More News
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    vaccine clinicIn anticipation of the July 4 holiday, when fireworks historically cause hundreds of pets to become fearful and lost, the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC), Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), and City of Tucson have joined forces to host Love Your Pup – a free vaccination and microchipping event – from 7 a.m. to 11.a.m. on Saturday, June 25 for up to 500 dogs in the Pima County area.

    The event is being held at Tucson Expo Center, 3750 E. Irvington Road. Dogs will get a free Rabies vaccination and microchip, can get their annual license on the spot for only $16, provided their dog has been spayed or neutered. Licensing costs are higher for dogs who haven’t been altered, and during the clinic there will be resources available for getting that surgery done for free or at a very low cost.

    “Making sure your pets are micro-chipped is key to finding them should they ever get lost or stolen,” said Justin Gallick, Pima Animal Care Center’s director of community engagement. “Organizations like ours and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona use them every day to reunite lost pets with their owners.”

    “Every summer, we see an increase in distemper, parvo and other preventable diseases,” added Brandy Burke, Burke, Chief Operations Officer and Acting CEO of HSSA. “Collaborative efforts such as this bring much needed services to the public, protecting all pets.”  

    To make the Love Your Pup event possible, each participating agency has contributed resources, expertise, and staff time. PACC will provide the free microchips and HSSA will offer up to 500 free Rabies vaccinations to protect dogs against this preventable but deadly disease. HSSA will also have DAPP vaccines, to prevent dogs from contracting Distemper and Parvovirus, for only $6. PACC staff and the City of Tucson will work together to license dogs at the event. The City has even offered to waive any late licensing fees for City residents who attend the event.

    “Our goal is to facilitate the pet licensing process for pet owners who may not have the time, money or resources to do it otherwise,” said Lane Mandle, City of Tucson communication coordinator.

    By law, every dog who is three months and older and lives within the boundaries of cities, towns and unincorporated areas of Pima County for 30 days or longer requires a Rabies vaccination and an annual license. 

    “This collaborative event is an amazing example of our community coming together to make a difference for our community’s pets,” Gallick said.

    Find more information about this event, visit the Love Your Pup Facebook page or call the HSSA at (520) 327-6088.

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