Pet vaccination, microchip clinic Saturday in Calera

Published 2:16 pm Monday, March 23, 2009

Having your pet vaccinated and micro-chipped has never been easier.

The Shelby County Humane Society is hosting an event in Calera on Saturday, March 28, at the Akridge Arboretum Park, 1965 14th St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will allow you to take care of both at the same time.

A lost or stolen pet, which has been micro-chipped, is much more likely to make it home, said Jessica Marable, the spay/neuter coordinator at the Shelby Humane Society.

“Most vets and most shelters have the scanners to read microchips,” Marable said. “We chip every animal that we adopt out.”

The microchip, about the size of a grain of rice, includes a number, which refers back to a database detailing the ownership and sometimes even the health information about the pet.

“Pets can’t feel it. We put them in with a syringe,” Marable said. “Your number is unique to you. Once they scan for the number, they can look online and it has your name and address,” and other contact information.

In addition to micro-chipping, Saturday’s clinic will offer vaccinations for cats and dogs at a cost of $25. Each group of vaccinations includes the rabies vaccine.

Micro-chipping only is $20. However, when pets are micro-chipped in conjunction with the vaccinations, cost of chipping is only $10.

For those animal owners receiving public assistance, vaccinations are only $15.

Pet owners who make and pre-pay for an appointment to have their pet spayed or neutered will receive free vaccinations.

For more information about the clinic, please call Marable at the Shelby County Humane Society at 669-3916, ext. 26.