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Gastineau Humane Society offers Rabies and Microchip Clinics
Published: 01/13/2011 14:30:00
The City and Borough of Juneau requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies, and The Gastineau Humane Society is holding rabies and microchip clinics as a public service for pet owners. Although the occurrence of rabies in Juneau is pretty rare, there's a good reason that it's so rare.
We spoke with Samantha Blankenship, Office Manager for the Humane Society, who told us; "You know there's only been one that we know of in the past few years, and we'd like to keep it that way, and the fact that people vaccinate against rabies is what keeps that instance low. Rabies is a contagious deadly disease but it's completely preventable."
The other service being offered at the clinic is micro-chipping, and Samantha explained what it was all about.
"Micro-chipping is a way to have a unique identifying number, to identify with your animal, that can't be lost. If a dog gas gotten lost, and has lost its dog license or ID tag then we would be able to scan it for a microchip and be able to identify the dog and its owner and contact the owner and animal control would be able to get the owner in contact with their pet again. I think a lot of people think that's a really invasive procedure and that's really not true. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice, and it's just inserted underneath the skin in the fatty tissue in the back between their shoulder blades, and it's done by a licensed clinic staff, and it's a quick thing, it's basically just a large shot."
The next clinics are Tuesday the 18th from 3 to 5pm and Saturday the 29th from ten to twelve, rabies vaccinations are twenty dollars and microchips are thirty five.

By: Rik Pruett -