The SPCA of Texas and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office are hosting a free vaccination clinic to help contain the spread of dog and cat diseases in Ellis County.
To curb the spread of dog and cat diseases in the area, the SPCA of Texas and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office are hosting a pet vaccination event that’s free of charge.
The vaccination clinic will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at the Ellis County Expo Center at 2300 U.S. Highway 287 in Waxahachie, Texas. There is no fee for the basic panel of vaccinations for either dogs or cats.
Vaccines included will be D.A.P.P.v., and rabies for dogs, and F.V.R.C.P. and rabies for cats. Free microchips will also provided. All dogs must be on a leash, and cats must be contained in a cat carrier.
Maura Davies, S.P.C.A. of Texas vice president of marketing and communications, says the vaccination event is part of an effort to help contain easily preventable animal diseases, such as distemper cases in dogs and panleukopenia in cats, that are on the rise throughout North Texas and even up into Oklahoma.
“The SPCA of Texas is offering this free vaccine clinic to prevent some of the most prevalent deadly diseases from impacting pets in Ellis County,” Maura says. “These are diseases that are preventable with a simple vaccine. So it’s estimated that about 30% of pet parents don’t take their pet to the veterinarian annually annually for preventive care. And this is absolutely a critical need to help keep pets in Ellis County healthy and happy.”
The free vaccines will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will have enough vaccines to protect about 200 animals.
The organization also offers low-cost vaccinations at its wellness veterinary clinic by appointment at the Mary Spencer Spay-Neuter and Wellness Clinic at 4830 Village Fair Drive in Dallas, just a 20-minute drive north, for those who can’t get vaccinations from the free clinic.
Dog and cat parents who need to schedule an appointment for vaccinations at the Mary Spencer Wellness Clinic will find contact details online on the S.P.C.A. of Texas clinic locations page.
The vaccines for the free clinic are funded by a grant from Petco Love and Merk as part of a national vaccination initiative for providing 1 million free vaccines to animal welfare partners, including the S.P.C.A. of Texas, for family pets in need.
Maura says that vaccination is necessary to help dogs and cats live long, healthy lives and to keep the presence of animal-deadly diseases from rising in the area.
“If you have an owned pet, and they are up to date on their vaccinations, you are doing a huge service to the entire community by helping prevent the further spread of some of these very deadly diseases,” she says.
The organization will host additional free vaccination clinics, but the dates for these have not yet been set.