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  • PACC offering free pet microchip and vaccine clinics

    Nov 03, 2021 | Read More News
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    picture of vaccinesPIMA COUNTY, Nov. 3, 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.  Saturday, Nov. 6, 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).

    Monica Dangler, Director of Animal Services, said the turnout for these events is always quite large.

    “We were able to vaccinate and microchip more than 450 animals at our last clinic,” she said. “The pandemic has shown us just how important pets are to their families and just how many people in Pima County need just a little help to get by.”

    For the event at PACC, the clinic is using an alerting system called “Wait While.” Here’s the process:

    • Visit the Wait While link the day before of the event, Friday, Nov. 5, starting at 8 a.m. to request a virtual “spot in line” for each pet. Based on previous events, the slots will fill up within a matter of minutes, but pet owners are encouraged to check back regularly to look for cancellations and openings.
    • 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.”

    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. 

    PACC also will be holding a vaccine and microchip clinic at the substation in Ajo Nov. 20, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Ajo Church of God, 1900 N. 2nd Avenue, Ajo. This will be a first-come, first-served event. 

    “PACC’s Medical Clinic has seen case after case involving serious illness or death of pets which could have been prevented with vaccines,” said Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, Director of Veterinary Services. “Our facility saw increased cases of parvo, distemper and panleukopenia this year. The start of fall has been very similar. Though these free vax clinics are long and tiring for PACC staff, preventative care through our outreach clinics is so important as we hope to reduce the number of puppies, kittens, and even adult animals that lose their lives to preventable diseases.”

    For both events, dogs will need to be on leashes. Cats will need to be in carriers. Pet owners should bring water for their pets and themselves.

    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

    PetcoLove is providing the DHPP and FVRCP vaccines for this event. The free vaccines are made possible through Petco Love's new national vaccination initiative, which is providing 1 million free pet vaccines to its existing animal welfare partners, including Animal Welfare Org., for family pets in need.

    Parvovirus and distemper in dogs, and panleukopenia in cats, are some of the most prevalent deadly diseases that are preventable with a simple vaccine. An estimated 30% of pet parents do not take their pet to a veterinarian for preventative care. To address this critical need, Animal Welfare Org. and Petco Love are partnering to make pet vaccines free and accessible in an effort to ensure the health and wellness of our beloved pets.

    “It is heartbreaking when any pet suffers or dies from a disease that could have been prevented. It is further exacerbated when unvaccinated pets come into busy shelter kennels, where these deadly diseases can spread quickly, resulting in multiple deaths, skyrocketing expenses, and hindering saving pet lives,” said Susanne Kogut, Petco Love President. “By creating greater awareness and making this crucial preventative care more accessible to pets not currently receiving these lifesaving vaccines, we can prevent the dangerous spread of disease.” 

    To learn more about Petco Love’s lifesaving impact, visit PetcoLove.org.