Animal Care & Control Offers Free Rabies Vaccinations Saturday

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control will be promoting rabies prevention awareness and education by celebrating World Rabies Day at its monthly rabies clinic on Saturday, Sept. 10. Mecklenburg County residents are encouraged to bring their pets to the shelter (located at 8315 Byrum Drive Charlotte, NC 28217) for a free rabies shot between the hours of 7:00am and 11:00am.

The line will be cut off at 11:00am, however everyone who is in line before 11:00am will be served. Please make sure dogs are on leashes and cats are in carriers. You will need to provide identification to show you live in Mecklenburg County such as a valid driver’s license.

The free vaccinations that are being used at the clinic are made possible by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control and Pfizer Animal Health.

Despite being 100% preventable, it is estimated that 55,000 people die worldwide from rabies each year, approximately one person every ten minutes. The World Rabies Day initiative is a global rabies awareness campaign being spearheaded by the UK charity Alliance for Rabies Control and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“This campaign offers all of us a unique opportunity to increase global awareness of the most deadly disease known to humans,” says Dr. Deborah Briggs, Executive Director for the Alliance of Rabies Control. “A major part of this effort is the declaration of an annual World Rabies Day on September 28th. Events are planned throughout the world to increase awareness about rabies, and to raise support and funding towards its prevention and control.”

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control will join the list of international partners who are rallied towards Working Together to Make Rabies History!

Additional information is available online at http://animals.cmpd.org and at www.worldrabiesday.org

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