Humane Society of Tampa Bay offering free shots for dogs on Saturday

TAMPA, Fla. - Saving dog owners hundreds of dollars and the lives of pets, too. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is hosting a free dog vaccination clinic Saturday morning in Tampa.

“There’s a lot of people in this community that love their pets. They just can’t afford to take them to a vet,” says Sherry Silk, CEO of Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

The organization is hosting the event in an effort to keep the community safe from disease. Free shots will include parvo, distemper and rabies. The latter being especially important since the number of rabies cases is up in the Tampa Bay area. Rabies, often transmitted by bites from bats and raccoons, is deadly to both dogs and humans without treatment.

The shots would normally cost about $160. The Humane Society will vaccinate dogs from any area, not just Hillsborough County.

The free vaccination event will occur November 4 between 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Perry Harvey Sr. Park, located 900 E. Scott St. in downtown Tampa.

This is the second clinic offered in 2017 thanks to funding from philanthropist Jim Parker.

Information/Requirements to participate in the clinic are as follows:

•    Free Distemper/Parvovirus (DA2PP) and Rabies vaccinations available to the first 1,000 dogs
•    Dogs must be at least 8 weeks old to receive DA2PP vaccines and at least 3 months old to receive Rabies vaccinations
•    Dogs must be on leashes
•    Litters of puppies will not be vaccinated; only individual puppies
•    Limit of four (4) pets per household

More information can be found at HumaneSocietyTampa.org or by calling 813-336-3550.

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