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Humane Society of Berks County offers free vaccines for at-risk dogs

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 02 2013 12:28:06 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 02 2013 12:29:35 PM CDT

READING, Pa. -

The Humane Society of Berks County has announced the first of a series of free veterinary clinics for at-risk dogs.

The first clinic will take place Sat., Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. at 1170 Perkiomen Ave. in Reading.

"This free clinic and those that follow will allow us to reach the dog caretakers who need us most – those in poverty or without transportation to our regular
hospitals in Reading and Douglassville,” said Karel Minor, executive director, HSBC. "We believe these pets and their owners deserve the same access to quality care as everyone else."

The first-come, first-served clinic will offer free rabies and combination vaccines, as well as free identification microchips to dogs.

"These vaccines will help to prevent the spread of contagious and deadly diseases like parvovirus," said veterinarian Alicia Elwell. "Identification microchips also help to keep dogs safe by providing a permanent 'ticket home' if they are lost."

Offering the vaccines for no cost, Minor said, will also help the Humane Society down the road.

"We spend thousands of dollars each year caring for sick animals during seasonal outbreaks," he said. "This will help us to avoid expensive hospitalization costs for animals by providing a bit of preventative care."

Future clinics will be posted on the Humane Society's website