Animal shelters, veterinarians, health departments and county administrators are working together to offer discounted rates on rabies vaccinations all over the Ohio Valley this summer.
Pet owners in Hancock County can bring their pets to the Weirton Municipal Building at 200 Municipal Plaza from 9-11 a.m. on June 15, according to officials from the Hancock County Animal Shelter. The event is sponsored by local veterinarian Mark Ferris and offers rabies vaccines for $5. Dog licenses can also be purchased for $3, while kennel and vicious dog licenses cost $10 each.
Donna DeJaro, director of the Brooke County Animal Shelter, said the rabies vaccine the Brooke County clinics costs $8 for dogs and cats alike. The annual vaccines normally cost $15, she said, and the charge for dog licenses is $3 per dog. DeJaro said Brooke County's clinic will travel but will always last from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with a clinic Monday at Hooverson Heights Firehouse. It will move to the Colliers Firehouse Shelter on Tuesday and the Beech Bottom Fire House on Wednesday before finishing at the Wellsburg First Ward Park on Thursday.
Ohio County Animal Shelter coordinator Juanita Ramsey said rabies shots at Ohio County's clinics will be $8 for each animal, while dog license prices will vary by geographic sections of the county. She said no dog license will cost more than $5.
Ohio County's clinics also will travel throughout July. On July 1, Madison Elementary School will host the first clinic before it moves to Ritchie Elementary School on July 2, Warwood Elementary School on July 3, West Liberty Elementary School on July 5, the Wheeling City-County Building on July 8, Woodsdale Elementary School on July 9, the Valley Grove Community Center on July 10 and Bridge Street Elementary School on July 11.
Ramsey said the rabies clinics are an annual occurrence in Ohio County with a different veterinarian posted at each location. Clinic times are 5-7 p.m.
Marshall County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel said her county's annual rabies clinics will conclude from 2-3 p.m. today at Ohio Valley Animal Hospital, having begun May 28. The clinics were provided by the Assessor's Office, Animal Control and the County Commission.
Jennifer Henthorn, office manager of the Woodsfield Veterinary Service, said 47 Monroe County pet owners brought their pets in for rabies vaccines on May 23.
On June 13, Mountain Valley Veterinary Clinic veterinarian Shaun Meckley will start the Tyler County rabies clinics at Buck Run Community Building from 4-4:30 p.m. before moving to Tyler County Fairgrounds in Middlebourne from 5-5:45 p.m. and Indian Creek Southern Baptist Church, also in Middlebourne, from 6-7 p.m.
Meckley will continue the clinic on June 18 at Friendly Community Center from 5:5:45 p.m., Hissom's Cabins from 6-7 p.m. and Meadville Mall in Wick from 7:30-8 p.m.
The third clinic will begin from 4:45-5:15 p.m. on June 20 at Paden City Park before going to the Old High School Parking Lot in Sistersville from 5:30-6 p.m. and the Pursley Church of Christ from 6:15-6:45 p.m.
Tyler County's last rabies clinic will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. June 27 at Tyler Consolidated High School in Middlebourne before wrapping up from 6-7:15 p.m. at Alma Valley Grange. Rabies shots at each Tyler County clinic will be $8, while annual dog and cat vaccines will also be available.
In the Buckeye State, Jefferson County Animal Shelter manager and humane officer Cassandra Howell said Dublin's mobile veterinary clinic Rascal Unit just finished doing $7 rabies vaccines last weekend. She said the Rascal Unit comes to the county several times each year and is expected to return in October.
Belmont County Health Department environmental secretary Kim Barto said Belmont County's annual rabies clinic was finished May 22, sending four different veterinarians to different points around the county to provide $10 rabies shots to residents where they lived.