HOUSTON – Owned pets residing in the City of Houston and Harris County can benefit from free cat and dog vaccinations, free microchipping, pet food pantry, and more on a first-come-first-served basis at the Pet Resource Fair this Saturday, September 24. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at James Driver Park, located at 10918 Bentley St. in Houston.
The event brings together several animal welfare organizations to promote pet health and wellness and provide pet services, resources, and information to Harris County residents in celebration of World Rabies Day, September 28th. The participating organizations include:
“Partnerships like this are essential to BARC’s success in promoting and protecting public health and animal welfare," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. "We are grateful to our partners for inviting us to participate and provide these free services to the community. When we come together to reach a wider audience, we can benefit more of the four-legged family members in our community.”
“The health and safety of all pets are what our local animal organizations strive to achieve in our communities, and we are pleased to see them come together to serve the residents of Harris County through this wonderful event at James Driver Park,” said Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Adrian Garcia. “We anticipate that pet owners will take advantage of the wonderful services that each of these organizations offer and will be better informed about caring for their furry friends."
Free vaccinations and microchipping will be offered to the first 100 pets brought in by their owners. All pets will be required to be leashed or secured in a pet carrier.
World Rabies Day
This event will preclude World Rabies Day observance on Tuesday, September 28. World Rabies Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about rabies and bring together partners to enhance prevention and control efforts worldwide.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease that can be transmitted through the bite or scratch of an infected animal. It not only affects our pets but can also be transmitted to humans if bitten by an infected animal. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system of mammals, ultimately causing disease in the brain and death.
BARC and other partnering organizations encourage all pet owners to keep their pets up to date on their rabies vaccines.