Rabies can be deadly. The loss of a six-year-old Florida boy to rabies he contracted from being scratched by an infected bat reminds us all how quickly the disease can claim victims.
"We are expecting this year to possibly be a serious year for rabies issues," Wannda Turner, director of Northeast Arkansans for Animals, said. "Rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms develop. There is a vaccine given after a wound, but before symptoms that almost always prevents the disease from developing."
Northeast Arkansans for Animals will have a $10 dog and cat rabies clinic Saturday, March 3 from 8 – 11 a.m. at Jonesboro Animal Control located at 6119 East Highland Drive. Dr. Laura Dacus will be the attending veterinarian.
There are no qualifications for rabies only shots. Other shots and services are provided to low-income, disabled, elderly, veterans, ASU students and rescued animals. The animal must not have seen a vet other than low cost services in the past 12 months.
For more information, call Wannda Turner at 870-243-4362.