Low-cost pet vaccines available at county parks

By: Tiffany Esshaki | C&G Newspapers | Published August 12, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — The county’s Parks and Recreation division is partnering with fellow animal lovers to offer pet parents a few opportunities to license and vaccinate their furry friends at a reduced cost.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation is partnering with Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center, and All About Animals Rescue, to host four pet vaccination clinics at various parks during August and September.

Dog and cat vaccinations will be available for the reduced cost of $10 each. Microchips will be offered for $20. Heartworm tests and flea prevention treatments will be available, too, so pets can be ready for fall.

Carrie Lumley, administrator of All About Animals Rescue in Warren, said the nonprofit is dedicated to making low-cost vaccination clinics possible so pet owners in need don’t have to choose between saving money and keeping their animal safe.

“We extend our services out to surrounding cities, because owners will opt to vaccinate their pet when the cost is lower,” said Lumley. “A lot of people show up for these clinics, absolutely.”

She explained that the organization is able to offer lower vaccination prices than some veterinarians because, as a nonprofit, they subsidize the cost of the medications with funding from grants. Vaccines available at the clinic include rabies for dogs 1-3 years old, canine distemper, bordetella and feline distemper, with proof of a prior negative test or vaccination.

During the clinics, OCACPAC will also be on hand to sell licenses to dog owners. OCACPAC Administrative Supervisor Joanie Toole said that not enough dog owners in Michigan are aware of the state’s law that requires canines older than 4 months to be vaccinated for rabies and have a dog license.

“A lot of people don’t even know they need them,” said Toole. “It’s of course for public safety, but it’s also identification for animals. For the dogs, it’s their ticket home if they should get picked up by police, animal control or even a citizen.”

The clinics will be held 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Aug. 23 at Orion Oaks Dog Park, Sept. 6 at Waterford Oaks County Park, Sept. 13 in Wixom and Sept. 20 in Clarkston. For directions to those locations, visit the Oakland County Parks and Recreation website at www.destinationoakland.com.

For questions about vaccines, call All About Animals Rescue at (586) 879-1745 or visit www.allaboutanimalsrescue.org.