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By Jamie Stewart
The Shafter Press 

Clinic draws crowd of local pet owners


Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Jennifer and Aaron Neufeld with their pets, Rocky and Ellie.

More than 300 pet owners took advantage of Shafter Animal Control's annual Low Cost Vaccination and Licensing Clinic at Mannel Park last month.

Nick Riddick, animal control officer for the city, said the event helps the city, as well as the pet owners. "This opportunity allows pet owners to keep their animals healthy."

This year, Shafter Animal Control partnered with Critters Without Litters to provide a large array of vaccines and microchipping for both dogs and cats. Every Shafter city resident was given a free year of licensing with proof of purchase of a rabies vaccine.

One big change this year was the accessibility for all Shafter residents, those within the city limits as well as those who live in the rural areas. In years past, vaccines and licensing were offered during the event for city residents only. This year, pet owners who live within the city limits received a year of free licensing, but everyone was welcome to get vaccines.

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Orrey and Bailey with their owners.

The cost for the rabies vaccine was only $12, with the licensing fees at a reduced rate as well.

"We understand that living in the rural areas has its advantages, but sometimes it can be challenging trying to get their pets licensed and vaccinated," Riddick said. "This event, which allows them to get it done right here, saves them a lot of time and money."

Pet owner Juanita Sool who was at the clinic with her pets Orrey and Bailey. "I am getting them rabies vaccines and microchipped today," she said. "This is a great clinic that lets us get this done in one place and at a lower cost."

Riddick said the event was a success and gives everyone who attended the knowledge that they are being responsible pet owners.


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