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2013 World Rabies Day Event
2013 World Rabies Day Event

Sacramento, CA.   What do a 3-month-old calf pastured next door to an ice cream parlor in Rhode Island, a kitten born to a barn cat in Colorado, and Bluetick/Walker Coonhound mix puppies for sale in Oklahoma have in common?  This summer, all of these animals exposed numerous people to rabies.  In each case, post-exposure treatment was necessary for every person who had contact with the rabid animals.  The rabid animals either died or were euthanized.  This all could have been prevented if the animals had been protected by rabies vaccination.

Rabies in people and their pets is rare here in the U.S.A., primarily because of the pet licensing and rabies vaccination requirements in most counties.  Nevertheless, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports approximately 6,000 cases of rabies in animals within the U.S.A. and Puerto Rico per year.  Wild animals account for approximately 92% of the reported cases, while domestic species account for only 8%.  Within Sacramento and neighboring counties alone, there have been 41 bats, eight skunks, two foxes, and one raccoon with confirmed cases of rabies reported between January 1, 2012 and July 23, 2013. 

The number of rabies-related human deaths in the U.S.A. is generally only one to six per year.  These deaths typically occur in people who don’t seek medical treatment, usually because they are unaware they have been exposed.   Only three people in the U.S.A. have survived rabies infection without early treatment.  The most recent case was that of a northern California child who beat the odds with the help of the medical team at the UC Davis Children's Hospital. 

Every year hundreds of thousands of people around the world take part in World Rabies Day to help raise awareness about and/or to prevent the spread of rabies.  Thanks to generous support from Found Animals Microchip Registry, Zoetis, the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association (SVVMA) Charitable Foundation, Banfield Pet Hospital, and the Folsom Dog Resort, the SVVMA and local animal regulatory agencies are once again participating in World Rabies Day – their 4th annual event.   This year, they will be attempting a Guinness World Record for the number of pets microchipped within 8-hours.  In their “Three for Free” campaign, they will be offering free microchips and free rabies vaccines to dogs and cats, as well as a free one-year license to all first time, altered pets.

On Saturday, September 28th, SVVMA and local veterinarians, veterinary students and animal technicians will be on-site at 11 locations throughout the greater Sacramento region, including: Auburn, Folsom, Placerville, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights (2 sites), Elk Grove (3 sites), and Sacramento (2 sites).  Vaccine clinics will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The SVVMA encourages pet owners to come celebrate World Rabies Day with them and help set the Guinness World Record for the number of pets microchipped.  For more details and the location of local vaccine clinic sites, please join them on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/svvmaworldrabiesday or visit the SVVMA website at http://svvma.com/PetOwners/WorldRabiesDay2013.aspx.

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VACCINE CLINIC DETAILS

 

Sponsors

Found Animals Microchip Registry

Zoetis

Folsom Dog Resort

SVVMA Charitable Foundation

Banfield Pet Hospital

 

Vaccine Clinic Sites

Auburn – Placer County Animal Services

11251 B Avenue, Auburn, CA  95603

Citrus Heights – C-Bar-C Dog Park

8275 Oak Avenue, Citrus Heights, CA  95610

Citrus Heights - City Hall

6237 Fountain Square Drive, Citrus Heights, CA  95621

Elk Grove – Kittel Family Veterinary Practice

8153 Elk Grove Blvd., Ste. 30, Elk Grove, CA  95758

 Elk Grove – Franklin Ranch Pet Hospital

10207 Franklin Blvd., Elk Grove, CA  95757

 Elk Grove – Abel Pet Clinic

9098 Laguna Main Street, Elk Grove, CA  95758

Folsom – Folsom City Lions Park

403 Stafford Street, Folsom, CA  95630

Placerville – El Dorado County Government Complex

330 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA  95667

 Rancho Cordova – Neighborhood Center

2880 Gold Tailings Court, Rancho Cordova, CA  95670

Sacramento County – Animal Care & Regulation

3839 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento, CA  95827

City of Sacramento – Animal Care Services - Front Street Shelter

2127 Front Street, Sacramento, CA  95818

Hours of Operation

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

For up-to-date World Rabies Day, please visit:

http://svvma.com/PetOwners/WorldRabiesDay2013.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/svvmaworldrabiesday

https://www.facebook.com/SVVMA

Source: Michelle Parker, Animal Services City of Citrus Heights

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