Free dog vaccination and pet food pantry event in Ellis County

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The S.P.C.A. of Texas and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office are hosting a free vaccination clinic for dogs.

The clinic is scheduled for:
March 2, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ellis County Expo Center

2300 US-287, Waxahachie, TX 75167

The clinic is open to Ellis County residents. Vaccines included will be DAPPv and rabies for dogs. Dog owners must show proof of residency in Ellis County to receive the free services. Each household is limited to four adult dogs older than four months old, or two adult dogs and one litter of puppies. Dogs must be on leashes. Vaccinations are available on a first come, first served basis.

dog being vaccinated
The S.P.C.A. of Texas brings low-cost and free pet vaccinations to the Waxahachie area.

Becky Adamietz-Deo, MJ, MA, manager of public relations for the S.P.C.A. of Texas, says the event will vaccinate up to 400 dogs and offer free microchipping, too.

“Vaccinations can be the number one defense against some horrible—sometimes fatal—diseases in pets, including rabies and distemper in dogs,” she says. “Vaccinations are considered so important to pet health that they are regarded as a cornerstone of preventive care. In the past few years, the state of Texas has seen an increase in the spread of infectious diseases, and it is important that we come together as a community to protect those animals and people within our community.”

Four hundred DHPPv vaccines and microchips will be administered by veterinary technicians from the S.P.C.A. of Texas.

The DAPPv combination vaccine is a primary immunization included in an appropriate vaccine schedule and is a core vaccine required for dogs to protect against Canine Distemper.

The combination also protects against: Adenovirus type 1 and type 2, which are responsible for both hepatitis and tracheobronchitis; Hepatitis, a virus that is highly contagious and can cause congestion, fever, watery discharge from your pet’s nose and eyes, and possible blindness; Parvovirus (Parvo) is a highly contagious disease that can be fatal, and can pass easily through direct contact with an infected dog or feces from an infected dog; and Parainfluenza, known as C.P.I.V., is a respiratory virus that sometimes becomes pneumonia.

The vaccines have been donated by the nonprofit Petco Love, an animal welfare outreach of Petco.

A puppy or dog who has received the primary and booster DAPPv vaccine will need annual revaccination to ensure continued protection against the risk of infection.

The vaccination event is the second that the nonprofit animal welfare organization and the Ellis County Sheriff’s office have coordinated for Ellis County residents. The first one in August of 2022 vaccinated approximately 370 animals and included cats.

In addition to the vaccination clinic, the event will offer free dry dog food while supplies last to those who register for the free pet pantry at the S.P.C.A. of Texas Pet Pantry Registration page.


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