Washington, DC Dr. Ivan C.A. Walks, Chief Health Officer for the District of Columbia and Director of the Department of Health announced that the Health Department would offer free rabies vaccination clinics during the month of September to District residents. The DOH plans to offer the services annually.
This is the first time in over thirteen years that the District has been able to provide these services, said Dr. Walks. "These rabies vaccination clinics are a critical component to the Department of Health Outreach, Education and Prevention Initiative. By providing rabies vaccinations, DOH protects the residents and animals from rabies, a fatal disease transmitted from animals to humans," he continued.
The rabies and distemper shots are free for dogs and cats. Micro chipping, the insertion of a microchip under the skin, which provides permanent identification, and sales of DC dog licenses will also be available at the sites. Cats are not currently required to have a license. However, all cats and dogs over four months old are required to have a rabies and distemper vaccination, and all dogs over four months old are required to have a District license. DOH will have advisors available to discuss animal care issues, answer questions and handout material.
The clinics began on Saturday, September 16th in Ward 8 and two were held on Sunday, September 17 in Wards 6 & 7. Other dates, times and locations are as follows:
|September 23rd 9:00 am - 2:00 pm|
1900 Evarts Street, NE
|Ward 5||Langdon Elementary School|
|September 24th 9:00 am - 12:30 pm|
2525 17th Street, NW
|Ward 1||Cooke H.D. Elementary School|
|September 24th 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm|
4th & I Street, SW
|Ward 2||Amidon Elementary School|
|September 30th 9:00 am - 12:30 pm|
5701 Broad Branch Road, NW
|Ward 3||Lafayette Elementary School|
|September 30th 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm|
5200 2nd Street, NW
|Ward 4||Rudolph Elementary School|
The DOH is partnering with The DC Dog Coalition and Capital Animal Care whoare providing volunteer vets and office staff to make the clinics possible. DC Capital Care is a DC based non-profit organization providing veterinary care, rescue and adoption services, and community based education programs to promote humane and responsible stewardship of companion animals in low-income communities. As part of the continuing partnership, DOH will support and provide free vaccines to DC Capital Care as they launch a service providing free spay/neuter in a mobile clinic traveling within the District by this fall. The DC Dog Coalition is a group of dog owners who live in the District that promote responsible dog ownership.