Dog and cat owners in Banks County will be able to get their pets protected against rabies at six different locations around the county on Saturday, May 3.
The annual rabies clinics are conducted by Commerce Veterinary Hospital in conjunction with the Banks County Health Department.
Georgia law requires that all dogs and cats ages 3 months or older be vaccinated annually against rabies.
The shots will cost $11 apiece. All other yearly vaccinations and testing will be available during the clinics at an additional charge.
The times and locations are:
•New Salem United Methodist Church, 1:00-1:30
•Boling Farm Supply, 2:00-2:40
•Irvin’s Store, Hollingsworth, 3:00-3:30
•Homer Hardware, 3:45-4:15
•Mt. Carmel Church, 4:30-5:15
•Lula City Hall, 5:30-6:00
Inoculation of pets is viewed as the most effective way of preventing the spread of rabies to humans, in whom once rabies is contracted, is fatal. Over the past year, five animals in Banks County were found to be positive for rabies. Neighboring Jackson County experienced nine positive cases and had to euthanize 49 animals because of exposure to rabid animals. Three people exposed to rabid animals had to undergo post-exposure treatment, and 59 animals were quarantined because of possible exposure to rabid animals.
For more information, call the Banks County Health Department at 706-677-5009 or Commerce Veterinary Hospital, 706-335-5111.