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Free Rabies Vaccinations Offered on World Rabies Day on Friday September 28

Long Beach Department of Animal Care Services will be partnering with the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) to offer rabies vaccinations in recognition of World Rabies Day. The first twenty-five licensed dogs or cats to arrive to the event between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Friday, September 28 will receive a free rabies vaccination. The SCVMA is able to provide this service as a result of generous contributions from Boehringer Ingleheim, Merck, Merial, and Pfizer. Long Beach Animal Care Services is located at 7700 East Spring Street and the rabies vaccinations will take place in the PD Pitchford Auditorium. After the first 25 free vaccinations are exhausted, animal owners can still have their pet vaccinated for just $6. Also, Animal Care Services licensing inspectors will be on hand to handle any and all licensing needs. Only rabies vaccinations will be available at this event. For information about upcoming low cost full service vaccination clinics please visit www.longbeach.gov/acs.

"We are grateful to the SCVMA for partnering with us. A record number of bats have been confirmed positive for rabies in Los Angeles County this year. This is a good opportunity to remind people to protect themselves and their pets" said Animal Care Services Manager Ted Stevens. “If you find a bat in an area frequented by people or pets you should report it to us immediately. In addition, you should also take steps to protect your pets by having them vaccinated.” Having your cat and dog licensed and vaccinated against rabies is the law in Long Beach (6.12.110 - Inoculation—Required).

SCVMA Executive Director Peter Weinstein, DVM, notes, “The SCVMA has been a huge advocate for rabies prevention through vaccination clinics that we used to offer throughout the LA/OC area. These were offered in response to the almost epidemic nature of rabies in Los Angeles about 50 years ago. Through awareness and vaccination, we have been able to help control the prevalence of rabies in our domestic pets, dogs and cats. However, we can never forget to be vigilant. This program from the SCVMA is to help the community be more attentive about protecting and also licensing their pets. Rabies is an easily preventable disease in pets and licensing is an important way of returning pets to owners. Our goal is to help create responsible pet owners.”

The goal of Long Beach Animal Care Services is to make Long Beach the safest large city in California for both people and animals through the promotion of responsible pet ownership and recreation. LBACS serves 600,000 residents and pets in Long Beach, Cerritos, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and Signal Hill.

For more information on this or other Animal Care Services opportunities, please call (562) 570-PETS(7387), or visit www.longbeach.gov/acs. For information on other Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine programs, call (562) 570-3100 or visit www.LBParks.org, sign up for E-notify and we'll e-mail you the latest information.