Beginning Monday, members of the Bradley County Veterinary Medical Association will be holding Rabies Clinics at their offices as well as some locations throughout city and county communities.
The Pet Emergency Clinic located in Charleston is also participating.
The clinics will be held for two weeks and pet owners can get their animals vaccinated for a reduced rate of $12.
Two locations are available in Polk County. Veterinarians are to charge $10 in the Polk clinics.
The BCVMA sponsors the clinics that will be held outside their offices and located at schools and other locations on key dates.
Officials at one vets office said owners can bring their pets to offices 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 26 — 8 a.m. until noon at the Piggly Wiggly in Copperhill — $10.
April 28 through Saturday May 10 at the Bishop Animal Hospital of Benton, during regular clinic hours by appointment — $10.
April 29 — from 6-7 p.m. at Taylor School
May 1 — from 6-7 p.m. Charleston Fire Hall
May 6 — from 6-7 p.m. at Waterville Community School.
May 8 — from 6-7 p.m. at Prospect School
May 10 — from 2-3 p.m. E.L. Ross School.
Hamilton said all pets should be “on a leash or inside a pet carrier.”