A series of low-cost vaccination clinics for dogs and cats will be on Saturdays this month and next by the Kent Animal Shelter, with much of the cost being paid through a $10,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Pamela Greer, executive director of the shelter, said she has seen an increase in the past two years in animals being turned in by owners who can no longer afford to take care of them and in people who turn to low-cost clinics because they cannot afford the cost of vaccinations, which can run $70 or more.
The Kent clinic will charge $10 for distemper, parvo virus and rabies shots for dogs, and $10 for distemper, upper respiratory and rabies shots for cats.
The shelter will run the clinics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow and on March 24, April 14 and April 28. Appointments are required; call the shelter at 631-727-7797.
Last year, the ASPCA offered $100,000 in grants — in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 — to animal shelters and veterinarians across the nation to cover most of the costs of holding vaccination clinics, saying they were needed not only for pet owners who could no longer afford routine vaccinations because of the sagging economy, but to help curb the outbreak of disease in animal shelters.