Habersham Animal Care and Control now offers free pet vaccines

If you’ve avoided getting your pets vaccinated because you can’t afford it, help is there.

Habersham County Animal Care and Control provides free vaccines to area pets through a partnership with the non-profit animal welfare foundation, Petco Love.

Free vaccines are part of Petco Love’s new national vaccination initiative. The foundation is providing 1 million free pet vaccines to its existing animal welfare partners, including HCACC, for pets in need. HCACC aims to vaccinate 1,000 pets through this effort. Vaccines are now available at the Habersham County Animal Shelter during business hours by appointment.

Appointments can be made by calling 706-839-0195, emailing [email protected] or https://calendly.com/petvaccines.

Deadly but preventable

Parvovirus and distemper in dogs, and panleukopenia in cats, are some of the most common fatal diseases affecting pets that can be prevented with a simple vaccine. Unfortunately, about 30% of pet parents don’t take their pet to a veterinarian every year for preventative care.

DAPPv Canine and HCP Feline vaccines are distributed through the Petco Love initiative.

“Thanks to Petco Love, we can once again offer these important vaccines free of charge to pet owners,” says Madi Nix, Director of HCACC. “We urge community members to take advantage of this free resource to ensure the health and well-being of pets in our community.”

There are no residency restrictions – everyone is welcome – even if they are not in HCACC’s service area.

“Not only are you helping to protect your pets, but you are also helping to keep the population entering shelters safe,” says Nix.

Petco Love president Susanne Kogut said the group hopes to raise awareness about the need for preventative care.

“It’s heartbreaking when an animal suffers or dies from a disease that could have been prevented,” she says. “It is further exacerbated when unvaccinated pets enter busy shelter kennels, where these deadly diseases can spread rapidly, resulting in multiple deaths, skyrocketing expenses and failing to save animal lives. .”

Kogut says that by raising awareness and making vaccines accessible, they hope to prevent the dangerous spread of the disease.

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Benjamin M. Yerger