Veterinarians to attempt world record for microchipping pets at local Rabies Vaccine clinics with “Three for Free” campaign
Every year hundreds of thousands of people around the world take part in World Rabies Day to help raise awareness about and/or to prevent the spread of rabies. Thanks to generous support from Found Animals Microchip Registry, Zoetis, the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association (SVVMA) Charitable Foundation, Banfield Pet Hospital, and the Folsom Dog Resort, the SVVMA and local animal regulatory agencies are once again participating in World Rabies Day — their 4th annual event.
This year, they will be attempting a Guinness World Record for the number of pets microchipped within 8-hours. In their “Three for Free” campaign, they will be offering free microchips and free rabies vaccines to dogs and cats, as well as a free one-year license to all first time, altered pets.
On Saturday, Sept. 28th, SVVMA and local veterinarians, veterinary students and animal technicians will be on-site at 11 locations throughout the greater Sacramento region, including Auburn, Folsom, Placerville, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove and Sacramento. Vaccine clinics will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The SVVMA encourages pet owners to come celebrate World Rabies Day with them and help set the Guinness World Record for the number of pets microchipped. For more details visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/svvmaworldrabiesday or visit the SVVMA Website at www.svvma.com/PetOwners/WorldRabiesDay2013.aspx.
Vaccine clinic sites
Placerville: El Dorado County Government Complex
330 Fair Lane, Placerville
Auburn: Placer County Animal Services
11251 B Avenue, Auburn
Folsom: Folsom City Lions Park
403 Stafford Street, Folsom
Citrus Heights: C-Bar-C Dog Park
8275 Oak Avenue, Citrus Heights
Citrus Heights: City Hall
6237 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights
Elk Grove: Kittel Family Veterinary Practice
8153 Elk Grove Blvd., Ste. 30, Elk Grove
Elk Grove: Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital
10207 Franklin Blvd., Elk Grove
Elk Grove: Abel Pet Clinic
9098 Laguna Main Street, Elk Grove
Rancho Cordova: Neighborhood Center
2880 Gold Tailings Court, Rancho Cordova
Sacramento County: Animal Care & Regulation
3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento
City of Sacramento: Animal Care Services — Front Street Shelter
2127 Front Street, Sacramento
What do a 3-month-old calf pastured next door to an ice cream parlor in Rhode Island, a kitten born to a barn cat in Colorado and Bluetick/Walker Coonhound mix puppies for sale in Oklahoma have in common? This summer, all of these animals exposed numerous people to rabies.
In each case, post-exposure treatment was necessary for every person who had contact with the rabid animals. The rabid animals either died or were euthanized. This all could have been prevented if the animals had been protected by rabies vaccination.
Rabies in people and their pets is rare here in the U.S., primarily because of the pet licensing and rabies vaccination requirements in most counties. Nevertheless, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports approximately 6,000 cases of rabies in animals within the U.S. and Puerto Rico per year. Wild animals account for approximately 92 percent of the reported cases, while domestic species account for only 8 percent. Within Sacramento and neighboring counties alone, there have been 41 bats, eight skunks, two foxes and one raccoon with confirmed cases of rabies reported between Jan. 1, 2012 and July 23, 2013.
The number of rabies-related human deaths in the U.S. is generally only one to six per year. These deaths typically occur in people who don’t seek medical treatment, usually because they are unaware they have been exposed. Only three people in the U.S. have survived rabies infection without early treatment. The most recent case was that of a northern California child who beat the odds with the help of the medical team at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.