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Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley, Building Block of Natrona team up for low-cost vaccine clinic for pets

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Two native nonprofits teamed up to supply low-cost rabies and distemper vaccines, in addition to microchips, for cats and canine throughout a clinic Sunday at Natrona Community Park.

Volunteers from Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley and The Building Block of Natrona guided automobiles via a drive-thru-style clinic on the park. Pet house owners drove to the vaccination website, leaving their canine and cats within the automobile till it was their flip.

The workers supplied rabies vaccines for $15, distemper vaccines for $20 and microchips for $20 — with a $5 low cost for pet house owners who bought all three.

“I’m of the firm belief that even if you’re not economically well-off, having a pet is a real bonus. It’s a real benefit to people of mental health, emotional health. Pets are just good for all kinds of things,” mentioned Betsy Kennon, a retired veterinarian who volunteers her experience to Animal Protectors. “This way, we can help the community. People can have their pets, have them well-cared-for, have them protected against these diseases, identified with the microchips at a relatively low cost.”

Ashley Booher of New Kensington introduced her Great Dane, Dutchess, for rabies and distemper vaccines.

“We came over because this is so much more affordable than going to the vet,” she mentioned, including she anticipated the identical providers at a veterinarian’s workplace may price as a lot as $200.

Plus, she mentioned, it was simpler for Dutchess to trip up to the positioning than wait in a veterinarian’s ready room with different pets.

“This is just more convenient,” she mentioned. “It was more relaxed for her.”

It’s essential to carry providers comparable to these into the neighborhood, the place individuals can simply carry their pets with out worrying about touring lengthy distances or paying hefty vet payments, mentioned Tricia Ritchie, founder and president of The Building Block of Natrona.

“This is bringing the service directly to the people,” she mentioned.

This is the third yr the 2 nonprofits have teamed up for such a clinic, which was staffed largely by volunteers.

Last yr, they serviced greater than 100 pets via the occasion, mentioned Phyllis Framel, who serves because the president of Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley’s board of administrators.

“It’s just important to serve all areas of our community, especially underserved areas,” she mentioned.

The providers supplied are essential ones, Kennon mentioned. Rabies vaccines, she defined, maintain pets wholesome and likewise shield people within the occasion of an animal biting an individual. Distemper vaccines are also obligatory for wholesome pets, she mentioned.

Microchipping is a key option to determine misplaced animals, Kennon defined, including that even indoor cats and well-trained pets can escape.

Plus, giving again to the neighborhood and serving to animals generally is a enhance for volunteers, Kennon mentioned.

“I really like it, because I’m filling a need. There’s a huge need,” she mentioned. “It feels good.”

Julia Felton is a Tribune-Review workers author. You can contact Julia at 724-226-7724, jfelton@triblive.com or through Twitter .