Photo: DeSoto County Animal Services Building in Nesbit. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)
DeSoto County Animal Services is hosting a three-day vaccine event for residents to get their pets vaccination for the future. Animal Services Director Monica Mock is looking forward to the event, especially since it has been about a year-and-a-half since it was last held.
“The Board of Supervisors allows us to do this community service project, which allows pet owners to come in and get a low-cost vaccination or micro chip for their pets,” Mock said. “We try to do this once or twice a year and it is very popular. We have people bringing five, six, seven dogs in at one time.”
Called a (Pets)ember Event, Animal Services will hold this opportunity on Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 16-18 at the shelter, located at 2373 Gwynn Road in Nesbit, south of Starlanding Road. The shelter is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturday until 1 p.m. No appointment is needed to participate.
Mock said the popularity of the event is due to the low cost of the vaccines and services.
During the (Pets)ember Event, the shelter is offering $10 canine 5:1 vaccines, which actually are five separate vaccines in one shot.
DHPP is a canine vaccine that prevents distemper, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and two types of adenovirus (hepatitis). Dogs should receive the DHPP vaccine at 8, 12, and 16 weeks, one year later, and then 1 to 3 years after that.
A similar feline 3:1 vaccine will be offered for cats.
Also being offered during the three-day push will be $10 microchipping, $10 canine testing and $15 FeLk/FIV testing. All animal adoptions will be $10 for the entire month of September.
“The microchip is really, really cheap,” Mock said. “You can’t find it any cheaper than that.”
Payment can be in cash, check, or credit card.
Mock said the shelter has been doing well of late with a low number of animals being housed there.
“Our adoptions have been good and luckily our intakes have slowed down, so it’s looking good right now,” Mock said.