Horror stories abound, about wild rabid animals biting or scratching house pets, causing sorrowful losses of beloved family animals. In reality, raccoons are the most common culprits of infecting domesticated animals in our region, and if your dog or cat isn’t vaccinated, the risk is real. The Centers for Disease Control recommends immediate euthanization for unvaccinated pets that are exposed to rabies. In 2014, the most recent year for which figures are available, the number of reported rabies cases had increased by 2.8% from the previous year. Worried? There’s a very simple solution, even if you’re on a strict budget, at these two clinics in the area on Saturday the 21st:
The first is at Jordan Bay Animal Hospital in Raymond (1242 Roosevelt Tr) starting at 10:00 a.m. The cost is $10.00 (cash only) per dog. Vaccinations will be for one year, or for three years if documentation is provided that the dog is up-to-date. Also, you may buy a dog license for 2017 from the Raymond Town Clerk, who will be on-site. Prices are $6.00 for a spayed or neutered dog and $10.00 for a non-altered dog, by cash or check made out to Town of Raymond. The Jordan Bay Animal Hospital may be reached at 207-655-3900.
The second clinic takes place at Westbrook Community Center (426 Bridge St) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thanks to Stoneledge Animal Hospital, with assistance from the Dehler Animal Clinic, rabies vaccinations for both cats and dogs will be offered for $15.00. The Animal Refuge League will also provide low cost microchipping, at the price of $35.00. Dog licenses will be available for $6.00 (spayed/neutered) and $11.00 (non-altered). The Community Center’s phone number is 207-854-0676.
Alternatively, if your pets are all taken care of, and you just want to kick back, why not do it in a way that will still help the less fortunate animals in the area? There are two opportunities to enjoy great food and drink to support the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and their work, this week. On Tuesday the 24th at Flatbread Company (72 Commercial St, #5) between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m., a portion of dine-in and take-out flatbread proceeds will go to the cause, and raffle baskets will supplement those funds.
Then, at Gritty McDuff’s (396 Fore St), between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Thursday the 26th, fifty cents from every pint sold will be donated to support furry friends in Maine. You must mention the fundraiser when ordering to initiate the donation. So hoist one up to our pets!