KENNEDY - For the first time in many years, the town of Poland sponsored a free rabies clinic in Kennedy.
More than 150 domestic pets were given rabies vaccines by Dr. Mary Fales, DVM. Dog Control Officer Brian King assisted by holding animals while they received their shots. Several trained volunteers assisted by filling the disposable hypodermics with vaccine. Supplies were provided by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. Other residents volunteered to help with the formal paperwork for each animal receiving the vaccination. Dog owners were given tags to show that their animals had been vaccinated.
Lines formed early for the clinic. King stated that since it was the first clinic being held in Chautauqua County this spring, they were expecting a good turnout. Pet owners came from many parts of the county. Enough vaccine was available that no one had to be turned away.
Veterinary technician student Kristin Sholl holds a ferret.
P-J photos by Rose Mary Carver
Considering the long wait and large crowd gathered, everyone was pleased with how well the animals behaved. Owners repeatedly expressed their thanks to Fales and the town of Poland for sponsoring the clinic.
Responsible pet ownership means added costs for a person, so being able to get their pets vaccinated for rabies at no cost was a considerable savings.
King thanked all the volunteers for their support, and planned to tell the town of Poland Board that it was definitely a success. He felt it should be repeated in the future as well.