The Cook County Department of Animal Control’s mobile Rabies and Microchip Clinics have vaccinated hundreds of area pets this summer, and will be rolling through additional city and suburban neighborhoods in coming weeks. Pet owners are urged to take advantage of the low-cost mobile service through October 30.
Binx, Pebbles and Cierra all received inexpensive rabies shots at a recent mobile clinic in Richton Park, according to pet owner John Martinez. The county is offering shots for as little as $7 through its annual clinics, which travel to 36 locations around the county. The shots are administered by Dr. Donna Alexander, a veterinarian who is the director of Cook County’s Animal and Rabies Control.
“With three dogs, this is a good way to cut corners,” said Martinez, a resident of Matteson. “I work at PetSmart and I tell all my customers this is the best way to get rabies shots for their pets—just wait for the van to come around.”
The purpose of the annual clinics is to make rabies shots easily accessible and affordable so owners can protect their pets and comply with state law requiring shots and microchips, according to President Toni Preckwinkle.
“Rabies outbreaks have caused public health concerns in four states over the past two years, and we’re making sure that doesn’t happen in Cook County,” President Preckwinkle said. “Our clinics provide public health protection against this deadly disease.”
Donna Morris of Richton Park brought in her dog Marley, a Yorkie, for a microchip and a three-year rabies shot.
“It cost me $10 for the chip and $21 for the three-year shot—that’s a blessing,” she said. “A visit to the vet costs about $100—as much as a regular doctor’s visit. I clearly saved a couple of hundred dollars. This is a very nice thing that the county offers to residents.”
Sue Sheehy came from Oak Forest with her two dogs, Riley and Chloe.
“The pricing is reasonable and if you have more than one pet, it helps out financially,” she said. “This is the second year I’ve come out. Last year, I brought them in for the microchips. It would’ve cost over $100 for the two if I took them to the doctor.”
Lee Neal of Crete brought in his English bull terrier Coco for a shot. He said the clinics provided “a good opportunity to get a shot and microchip for a lot less money. This is a very nice and good service that the county is doing for residents. I’ll be back next year.”
The next clinics are scheduled for Tuesday August 21, from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8435 W. 103rd Street in Palos Hills, and on Wednesday, August 22 at Sterling Estates, 9300 W. 79th Street, Justice. The clinics continue through October 30. Click here for a complete 2012 clinic schedule.