SPCA hosts rabies clinic

Low-cost rabies vaccinations and microchipping are available Saturday (June 23) at the Nanaimo and District SPCA.

Low-cost rabies vaccinations and microchipping are available Saturday (June 23) at the Nanaimo and District SPCA.

The annual rabies vaccination fundraising event takes place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 2200 Labieux Rd.

Leon Davis, branch manager, said this is the first year the branch has offered a microchipping clinic, which costs $25 and increases the chances that a lost pet will make its way home.

“We see, just in Nanaimo alone, five stray animals per week,” he said. “Tattoos aren’t always readable. A microchip lasts a lifetime.”

The rabies vaccinations, which cost $30, include a medical exam. Island Veterinary Hospital donates the vaccines and professional staff for the event.

Aussie Pet Mobile Grooming will be on site to offer nail trimming by donation and there will be a vegetarian barbecue and buffet.

Blood type testing is also available and dog owners can register their pets to be blood donors if the dog has a universal blood type.

For more information on the event, please call 250-758-8444.