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Opinion

April 22, 2014

Letter: Keep pets safe with vaccinations, microchips

To the editor:

On April 26, the Salem Animal Rescue League we will be hosting a rabies and microchip clinic at our shelter from 9 a.m. to noon. The clinic is open to all volunteers and the general public.

Prices are $12 for a 1-year rabies vaccine, $15 for a 3-year vaccine. Proof of prior vaccination in the form of a signed rabies certificate must be provided to obtain a 3-year vaccine. Vaccination is required by law in New Hampshire for dogs and cats 3 months of age and older, even if they stay indoors.

Microchips are $20, which includes registration. You may think that your pet is protected from getting lost. But accidents happen. In fact, one in three pets will become lost during their lifetime. However, with a microchip, when a lost pet is found, any animal hospital, shelter, or humane society can use a special handheld microchip scanner to read the microchip’s unique ID number. The veterinarian or shelter then contacts the microchip database. The database matches the number to a name and phone number, reuniting the lost pet with its owner.

No other vaccines or services will be provided at this clinic. All dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers.

We hope this will be a good opportunity for the community to prevent their pets from getting lost and keeping their immunizations up-to-date to protect them and their family from rabies.

D.J. Bettencourt

Salem Animal Rescue League

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