January 21, 2019

Clinic to offer lower prices for Oscoda County dogs Feb. 17


OSCODA COUNTY –– Two clinics will be open Feb. 17 for residents to get their dogs vaccinated and licensed and take advantage of a variety of other services done at a low cost.

The clinics will be offered through the Elk Country Animal Shelter in Atlanta, which is offering spay, neuter, vaccinations, microchipping and other services throughout the month. During the two clinics hosted in Oscoda County, the prices will be greatly reduced in order to assist the residents of the county without an animal shelter.

Oscoda County Animal Control Office Andrew Thompson said he typically gets anywhere from 180-200 dogs licensed per year during the clinics and nearly 1,000 throughout the rest of the year.

Thompson said there are many in the county who have dogs without up-to-date licenses and vaccinations, largely due to a lack of education, not enough opportunity to get the services rendered, a lack of enforcement and a lack of documentation of those in the county with pets.

“Not having your animal spayed and neutered to control the pet population is also a big problem,” he said.

The first of the two clinics offered will take place at the Fairview Fire Department Station from 9 a.m. until noon, while the second will be at the Mio Community Center from 1-4 p.m.

Thompson said the clinics are offered to help out those in the community, as there is no animal shelter in Oscoda County to assist with these types of services and many can’t travel easily.

“It gives the community more of a chance and opportunity to have a veterinarian here and have our license team here,” he said. “It’s a great program for the community and the Oscoda County Animal Control is proud to give the chance to the community to have their animals vaccinated and licensed.”

Other services available during the clinics include microchip implants for $25, Canine parvovirus and leptospirosis vaccinations for $25, $20 rabies vaccinations and for spayed or neutered dog licensing for $5 and $10 licensing otherwise.

Thompson said if there were an animal shelter in Oscoda County, people would have better opportunities to get a veterinarian in regularly to get pets spayed, neutered and vaccinated, as it is a state law that veterinarians give all vaccinations.

State law requires that all dogs have licenses and shots that are up to date by Feb. 28. The Oscoda County Animal Control officer will issue citations to owners of dogs without proper tags. There is a $150-$200 fee for an unlicensed dog and $150-$200 for a dog not having up-to-date rabies shots.

Thompson said he hopes to see everyone in the county in need of these types of services at the clinics. For additional information, call Oscoda County Animal Control at 989-745-1910.


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