Free Rabies Vaccination Drive- 29 June 2024

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has issued a media statement confirming a case of dog rabies in the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town after a pet dog residing in the Capri area contracted the disease. The infected dog, which had exhibited symptoms such as fever and increased aggression, together with three other dogs from the same household, were humanely euthanized.

Rabies is a deadly zoonotic disease – one that can be passed between animals and humans – and can be transmitted to humans via a bite but inoculation is available. If a rabid dog or cat, or other mammal you might suspect has rabies, has bitten you, get to the doctor. The first dose of the vaccine should be administered within the first 24 hours after exposure.

As part of the local Western Cape State Veterinarian’s response to the incident, TEARS Animal Rescue together with other animal welfare organisations and private veterinary clinics will be hosting a number of free Rabies Vaccinations Drives for dogs and cats to be vaccinated as a means to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading and to ensure the health of people and pets.

TEARS will be hosting a Rabies Vaccination Drive for unvaccinated pets at its TEARS Veterinary Hospital Head Quarters every Saturday during the months of June, July and August. Appointments aren’t necessary and Rabies vaccinations are free, but all dogs must be on lead and cats in pet carrier boxes.

📅 29 June 2024
⏰ 11h00 – 13h00
📍 TEARS Animal Rescue, 4 Lekkerwater Road, Sunnydale

For enquiries regarding the vaccination of pets against rabies please contact TEARS Reception at 021 785 4482, email tears@tears.org.za or visit https://tears.org.za/tears-to-host-free-rabies-vaccination-drive-to-mitigate-risk-to-pets/

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