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Laurene Weste: Low-cost pet vaccination clinic keeps tails wagging

Live from City Hall

Posted: April 30, 2009 9:52 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Pets are an important part of many Santa Clarita residents' lives and, for many of us, pets are no less than bona fide members of the family.

It's been widely reported that pets help us live longer lives, but recent studies have also revealed that dog owners have lower cholesterol and blood pressure, as well. As science shows, pets help us stay well just by being a part of our lives.

However, as any dog owner who's made a late-night trip to the Vet can attest, it can cost a pretty penny to keep them in the best of health. To help provide dog-owning community members with affordable pet care options, the city of Santa Clarita will host its annual Pet Vaccination Clinic on Saturday at Central Park.

The city of Santa Clarita, in cooperation with Los Angeles County, is sponsoring the annual event, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. A number of services will be provided for dogs and owners attending the clinic, including low-cost vaccinations, license renewal and free micro-chipping.

Vaccination needs change as dogs age, so the city will provide varied, affordable vaccination options best suited for pets ranging from puppies to old friends. The offered options include a six-in-one vaccination (including distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenze and parvovius) for $14 and the bordetella vaccination for $11. Rabies vaccinations, required by state law for all dogs four months or older, will also be offered at the clinic for just $6.

Most dog licenses expire on June 30 and owners may incur penalties if they are not renewed by that date. To assist community pet owners in meeting the deadline, the Pet Vaccination Clinic will also help guests with licensing needs.

Dog owners interested in licensing their pets at the clinic must provide proof of spay or neutering to renew or receive a pet license and are encouraged to bring a certificate of sterility. Those looking to obtain a license, but do not wish to spay or neuter their dogs, must fill out or bring an exemption application to qualify for a non-altered license.

Licensing for spayed or neutered pets is $20 and licensing for unaltered pets is $60. Seniors will receive a discount and can obtain pet licenses for $7.50. Pet micro-chipping will also be offered free of charge to help ensure that even frequent adventurous runaways can be easily found

Residents are encouraged to bring their pups and pooches on appropriate leashes with adequate collars to receive a vaccination or a license.

Both cash and check payments will be accepted at the pet clinic and owners interested in purchasing multiple services by check must bring a separate check for each service. All dog-owning community members are invited to attend the annual Pet Vaccination Clinic.
I encourage residents to come out with their furry family friends and make sure their pets - and their owners - can continue to enjoy the best of health for years to come.

Laurene Weste is Santa Clarita Mayor Pro-Tem. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Live from City Hall" is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita.

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