Animal Shelters in Las Cruces To Participate in World Rabies Awareness Day

Las Cruces, NM – The Dona Ana County Special Projects Office is working with the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, Action Programs for Animals, the Spay and Neuter Action Program and the Humane Society of Southern New Mexico to coordinate a rabies vaccination clinic that will include pet adoptions and a pet food drive.

Rabies vaccinations will be provided for free for pet owners who can show proof of government assistance. Pet owners without public assistance documentation will pay five dollars per vaccination.

Frank Bryce is the president of the Humane Society of Southern New Mexico and he says the three groups were awarded over twelve hundred doses of rabies vaccine through grants to hold the event.

Bryce-"The United States has been declared a canine rabies free nation for the past 4 years. That doesn't mean there isn't rabies and we shouldn't worry about it. It does mean that people are cooperating, community officials are enforcing the rabies law and that we have become pretty effective reducing that danger in the U.S."

The Action Programs for Animals will be on hand to accept pet food donation to help their efforts to provide pet food to families who are struggling in the current economic environment. Also Spay and Neuter Action Program officials will be issuing spay and neuter vouchers to qualified low income families. Lastly, representatives from the Animals Services Center will facilitate pet adoptions, licensures and micro chipping.

The event will run from ten in the morning until three in the afternoon Tuesday on the north lawn of the Dona Ana County Government Center.