The free Rabies vaccinations will be extended in honor of World Rabies Awareness—annually recognized at the end of September. No appointment is needed to take advantage of this public service, which is aimed at making the community and its domestic pets safer.
While Rabies is a disease that may seem uncommon, the myth of near-eradication is easy to dispel. Domestic animals constitute 8 percent of Rabies cases, but are increasing at a rapid rate, according to the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, west of the Mississippi River, Arizona has the highest incidences of Rabies per year than any other state.
It is important to protect domestic pets from the dangers that wildlife presents. The Rabies vaccination is required by law for dogs, but cats benefit from the vaccine as well. Because of their adventurous nature, a cat is more likely to encounter Rabies-infected wildlife. In fact, the Center for Disease Control reports that, of the bites from companion animals, a person is three times more likely to require preventative treatment for Rabies from a cat bite than from a dog.
About Yavapai Humane Society
Yavapai Humane Society (located at 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, Ariz.) has been serving Yavapai County’s citizens and animals since 1972. YHS has a shelter in Prescott, a Cat Adoption Center in the Prescott PetSmart store, a Thrift Store and its Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic, offering low-cost spay/neuters and vaccinations. In July of 2010, the organization adopted a No-Kill Ethic which has led to its current live release rate of 97%, making YHS the safest shelter in Arizona. Connect with YHS atwww.yavapaihumane.org,facebook.com/YavapaiHumaneSocietyortwitter.com/YavapaiHumane.