STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Oktibbeha County Humane Society (OCHS) will host a Drive-Thru Rabies and Microchip Clinic on Saturday, November 21, from 10:00 AM-12:00 noon in the Rick’s Café parking lot (319-B Hwy 182 East in Starkville).
The community is invited to bring their cats and dogs to receive Rabies vaccinations for $5 each and/or microchips for $15 each. Cats must be in carriers and dogs must be leashed. Human participants are asked to remain in their vehicles and to wear masks when interacting with volunteers. Everyone is welcome; there are no income or residency requirements.
Event information can be found on the event website: www.ochsms.org/event/clinic
. Those who pre-register by 5:00 PM on Friday, November 20 will skip the paperwork on the day of the event and will be entered in a drawing for a free Rabies vaccine or microchip.
Rabies is a viral, preventable disease that can infect all warm-blooded animals, including cats and dogs. According to the Mississippi Bureau of Animal Health (http://www.mbah.ms.gov/disease_programs/rabies/ms_rabies_laws.htm
), state law requires that all cats and dogs three months of age or older must be vaccinated for Rabies.
OCHS Board Member and Event Coordinator Ardra Morgan said, “Microchips add another means of reuniting lost pets with their owners. Microchips are not GPS trackers; they must be scanned at an animal shelter or veterinarian’s office and can provide the finder with the pet owner’s contact information. Each year, OCHS is able to reunite lost pets with their owners due to their pets being microchipped.”
Veterinarians from the following clinics will participate: Self Creek Veterinary Clinic, Village Animal Hospital, and Oktibbeha County Humane Society. Event information can be found here: www.ochsms.org/event/clinic
Founded on the belief that the community has the responsibility to treat animals humanely, OCHS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission of OCHS is to promote domestic animal welfare and the organization seeks to fulfill this mission by providing humane education; promoting animal welfare legislation; advocating and facilitating pet sterilization; and rescuing, sheltering, and promoting adoption of abandoned animals.