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YHS celebrates World Rabies Awareness with free vaccinations on Friday, Sept. 25

PRESCOTT - Yavapai Humane Society will offer free rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs at its Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic on Friday, Sept. 25, between 8 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 4:30 p.m. YHS' public clinic is located at 2989 E Centerpointe Drive in Prescott.

The free rabies vaccinations will be extended in honor of World Rabies Awareness-annually recognized at the end of September. No appointment is needed to take advantage of this public service, which is aimed at making the community and its domestic pets safer.

While rabies is a disease that may seem uncommon, the myth of near-eradication is easy to dispel. Domestic animals constitute 8 percent of rabies cases, but that number is increasing at a rapid rate, according to the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, Arizona has more incidences of rabies per year than any other state west of the Mississippi River.

Wildlife presents dangers to domestic pets. The rabies vaccination is required by law for dogs, but cats benefit from it as well. Because of their adventurous nature, a cat is more likely to encounter rabies-infected wildlife. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control reports that, of the bites from companion animals, a person is three times more likely to require preventive treatment for rabies from a cat bite than from a dog.

YHS has been serving Yavapai County's citizens and animals since 1972. Connect with YHS at www.yavapaihumane.org, facebook.com/YavapaiHumaneSociety or twitter.com/YavapaiHumane.

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