Hu­mane So­ci­ety helps Polk pets get Ra­bies vac­cine

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­

The Cedar­town-Polk County Hu­mane So­ci­ety’s re­cent low-cost ra­bies clinic made it pos­si­ble for ap­prox­i­mately 150 of Polk’s four-legged fam­ily mem­bers to get the vac­ci­na­tions they need and de­serve.

Dogs and cats were of­fered shots at a dis­counted price of $10, and Pre­cious Paws of­fered nail trim­mings for an ad­di­tional $5.

Those who couldn’t make it to the clinic should still make sure to get their an­i­mals vac­ci­nated, how­ever.

Sum­mer is peak ra­bies sea­son be­cause warm weather and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties can in­crease en­coun­ters with wild, in­fected an­i­mals.

The dis­ease af­fects the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem and at­tacks the brain if left un­treated- in both pets and hu­mans.

Com­mon symp­toms in­clude in­creased sali­va­tion, dif­fi­culty swal­low­ing, and fear of wa­ter.

“Ra­bies is the only dis­ease that is 100 per­cent fa­tal and 100 per­cent pre­ventable,” Hu­mane So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Char­lotte Har­ri­son said.

Cour­tesy of the city, the event took place in Rock­mart’s Hogue Av­enue Gym. Nu­mer­ous vol­un­teers from the Hu­mane So­ci­ety and Boy Scout Troop 17 con­trib­uted to the event, and par­tic­i­pants were en­tered into a draw­ing for a free six-month BarkBox sub­scrip­tion cour­tesy of the Purser In­sur­ance Agency.

The so­ci­ety has hosted sev­eral ra­bies clin­ics in­side of Cedar­town, but the Septem­ber 15 event was a first for Rock­mart.

If in­ter­est and at­ten­dance sees an in­crease, the event could be­come a main­stay for the city.

“We had, I think, right at 150 an­i­mals, which is a small num­ber com­pared to the nearly 500 we had in Cedar­town,” Har­ri­son said. “But that was our fourth one in Cedar­town, and peo­ple have come to ex­pect it. As far as I know, this is the first ra­bies clinic that has been done in Rock­mart since the late 90’s or early 2000’s. So to get 150, we’re pleased about that. We plan to come again next year, and if the crowd grows, we’ll con­tinue do­ing one here each year.”

Those in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about the Cedar­town Hu­mane So­ci­ety and their mis­sion can visit www.cedar­town­hu­mane­so­ci­ or email the group at cedaran­i­[email protected]

/ Sean Wil­liams

Dogs and cats alike from Polk County were brought to Rock­mart’s Nathan Dean Com­mu­nity Cen­ter on Satur­day, Sept. 15 for the Cedar­town-Polk County Hu­mane So­ci­ety’s ra­bies clinic.

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