Beginning Monday, members of the Bradley County Veterinary Medical Association will be holding rabies clinics at their offices as well as some locations throughout the city and county.
The clinics will be held for two weeks with pet owners able to get their animals vaccinated for a reduced rate of $12.
The association sponsors the clinics that will be held outside their offices and located at schools and other sites on key dates.
Officials at one vet’s office said owners can bring their pets to the office as well as vaccines can be administered there.
All vet offices in Cleveland are participating in the annual Rabies clinic. No appointment is necessary if a rabies vaccination is the only service needed.
A rabies vaccination is mandated by the state of Tennessee and is the only requirement by law for pet ownership.
Dr. Howard Hamilton of Bradley Veterinary Hospital said cat owners are requested to leave their cats in their vehicles.
“Doctors will go to your car to administer the vaccine,” explained Hamilton.
“There have been cases when cats are brought for their vaccine and a dog will be present. The cats will make a getaway,” he said.
Veterinarians will be set up at the following locations for the community clinics:
April 30 — from 6 to 7 p.m. at E.L. Ross, Valley View School and Candies Creek Baptist Church.
May 2 — from 6 to 7 p.m. at Blythe-Bower and Oak Grove schools and McDonald Post Office.
May 7 — from 6 to 7 p.m. at Michigan Avenue, Waterville and Black Fox Elementary schools.
May 9 — from 6 to 7 p.m. at Taylor and Prospect schools and Bellfounte Baptist Church.
May 11 — from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Cleveland Animal Shelter and Charleston Fire Hall.
Hamilton said all pets should be “on a leash or inside a pet carrier.”