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  • Free pet microchip and vaccine clinic offered Sept. 25

    Sep 21, 2021 | Read More News
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    vaccines PIMA COUNTY, Sept. 21, 2021 – Pima Animal Care Center is holding a free pet vaccination and microchip clinic for up to 400 pets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sept. 25 in PACC’s Multi-Purpose Room, 4000 N. Silverbell Road. Pet owners will need to sign up for a virtual spot in line for the day of the event in order to get the free vaccines or microchip for their pet(s).

    “We received very positive feedback for using this system at our clinic back in July,” said Monica Dangler, Director of Animal Services. “It’s nice to be able to provide these services without requiring people and pets to stand around in the heat.”

    PACC is using an alerting system called “Wait While.” Here’s the process:

    • Visit the Wait While link starting Friday, Sept. 24 at 8 a.m. to request a virtual “spot in line” for each pet. 
    • You should receive a confirmation text within a few moments stating the time frame in which the clinic will plan to process your pets on Saturday.
    • If you have more than one pet, you will receive an appointment time for each, but please bring all of your pets to the FIRST appointment time listed.

    As the first block of registrants are processed, “Wait While” will text the next block of patrons to start making their way to PACC. (Please note: the gates at PACC will not open until 7:30 a.m.) To cancel an appointment, pet owners can reply to their confirmation text with the word “CANCEL.”

    Services that will be offered include:
    • Brief exam by licensed veterinarian
    • FVRCP vaccines for cats (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
    • DHPP vaccines for dogs (Distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and hepatitis/adenovirus) 
    • Rabies vaccines for cats and dogs
    • Deworming for pets under six months old
    • Microchip implantation

    Depending on attendance, pet owners who arrive at the shelter without pre-registering may be allowed to sign up for spots later in the day. People can also check the link throughout the day to look for cancellations. If the link isn’t working and/or isn’t allowing people to sign up, then the event is full.

    Dogs will need to be on leashes. Cats will need to be in carriers. Pet owners should bring water for their pets and themselves.
    Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, Director of Veterinary Services, hopes that pet owners will take advantage of the free vaccines due to the growing number of deadly diseases appearing in Pima County.

    “It has been an especially busy summer in the clinic,” Wilcox said. “We fight to save so many cases of fatal panleukopenia, parvo, and distemper that could have easily been prevented with a $15 vaccine. Keep your pet safe by keeping them up-to-date on these vaccines.”

    Pima Animal Care Center is open Monday to Friday, noon to 7 p.m., and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. To see a list of available pets and services, head to pima.gov/animalcare.