Saturday's event will be the first roadside rabies clinic the health department has offered. If it's successful, officials want to make it an annual event, Merritt said. Officials plan to have 500 vaccines and four to five veterinarians on hand. Owners should be able to get their pet vaccinated in five or 10 minutes, he said.
Local veterinarians, the Kanawha Charleston Humane Society, the Kanawha County Commission and Dog Bless are partnering with the health department for the clinic.
Though dog and cat owners are required to get rabies vaccinations for their pet, vet costs are sometimes restrictive to pet owners, said Anita Ray, environmental director for the health department.
Though rabies cases are rare, they're almost always fatal, she said.
People may think their dogs are sweet but all dogs will bite when their put into a situation where they want to protect their territory, she said.
"People need to be responsible with their dogs and cats," Ray said.
The roadside rabies clinic will be 9 a.m. until noon Saturday April 13 in the parking lot of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, 108 Lee Street East, Charleston. Checks and credit cards will not be accepted at the clinic.
For more information, call the health department at 304-344-5243.
Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.