News Release: City of Tallahassee
Tallahassee Animal Services is hosting a rabies and identification clinic exclusively for cats on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center. Cats attending the clinic can receive microchips, rabies vaccinations, collars and personalized ID tags at no cost! Be the Solution Inc. will also be on hand to distribute low-cost spay/neuter vouchers to attendees.
This is the purr-fect, low-stress opportunity for owners of finicky felines to protect their pets without having to worry about rambunctious dogs.
“Even indoor cats need to be protected,” said ASC director Erika Leckington. “It’s easy for cats to sneak out of the house when you least expect it. Making sure they have a microchip and a current ID tag on their collar gives them the best chance at returning home safely.”
Almost 70 percent of the more than 7,000 animals the ASC received last year were stray animals without a collar and tag, and only five percent of cats were returned to their original owners. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped cats is dramatically higher at over 38 percent.
Through efforts like Tuesday’s rabies and ID clinic, more than 600 animals received vaccination and identification services at the ASC last year. Reuniting lost pets with their owners is a top priority for the ASC, and they aim to prevent more lost pets from entering the shelter by continuing to offer these services for pets in the community.
The City of Tallahassee Animal Control reminds you that your free roaming cat is required by ordinance to be spayed or neutered, microchipped and wear its rabies tag. This clinic is an easy way to come into compliance without incurring extra costs.
The Tallahassee Animal Services began hosting cat-only clinics in 2012 as part of a grant program from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Public support has allowed the ASC to continue offering these clinics to help protect the cats in our community. While the event is free, a suggested donation of $10 per cat will help to cover the cost of future clinics. Cats must be at least two months old to receive a microchip and at least three months old to receive a rabies vaccination. Please bring all cats in a secure pet carrier.
The Animal Service Center, located adjacent to Tom Brown Park at 1125 Easterwood Drive, is operated and maintained by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department. For more information on the ASC and to view animals that are currently available for adoption, please visit Talgov.com/animals. You can also keep up-to-date by liking the Tallahassee Animal Service’s Facebook page or following @COTAnimals on Twitter.