Pima Animal Care Center collaborating on free vaccination clinic Saturday

A dog-only free vaccination clinic will be held from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ward 5 Council Office, 4300 S. Park Ave. The event will be first-come, first-served for the first 200 dogs.

Pima Animal Care Center, along with the Animal Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona and the Humane Society of the United States, is participating in this collaborative effort to increase vaccination rates throughout Tucson. Vaccines for rabies, Parvovirus and distemper will be offered at no cost through a generous grant from the Humane Society of the United States.

“This is a great example of multiple groups partnering to help protect animals in our community from these dangerous diseases,” said Kristin Barney, PACC chief operating officer. “We’re grateful to Ward 5 for offering this outreach in its offices to help us be proactive. This way, if a pet wanders from home and winds up in our shelter, he won’t bring any diseases, and it will save costs in the long run.”

Parvovirus is a highly contagious febrile disease that is spread via infected feces, and is marked by loss of appetite, lethargy, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Canine distemper is also highly contagious and has no known cure. This virus is spread through the air and by direct or indirect contact with an infected animal, including sharing a water bowl or bedding. Rabies is a virus that affects the brain and spinal cord of dogs and is usually fatal. It is usually contracted through contact with wild animals, including bats.

The clinic is open to anyone who wants to vaccinate his or her dog; persons do not have to live in Ward 5 to participate. For more information, please contact Jenny Kading, PACC outreach coordinator, at 724-5976 or at Jenny.Kading@pima.gov.