Rabies Clinic at Gage Park

Hamilton, Ontario, Sept.17,2016 BEST PHOTO- The line up was long but it was worth the wait for hundreds of dog and cat owners Saturday morning at Gage Park.  The City of Hamilton Public Health Services and Animal Services hosted a low cost rabies vaccine clinic for cats and dogs. For $25.00 cash owners could get their pet vaccinated on a first come first serve basis. The line up started a 7:30 am for the clinic that opened at 9:00am. Susan Harding-Cruz , manager for the Rabies Program for the city says there have been 126 cases of rabies in wild animals this year- the highest since 1994. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

The line up was long but it was worth the wait for hundreds of dog and cat owners Saturday morning at Gage Park. The City of Hamilton Public Health Services and Animal Services hosted a low cost rabies vaccine clinic for cats and dogs. For $25.00 cash owners could get their pet vaccinated on a first come first serve basis. The line up started a 7:30 am for the clinic that opened at 9:00am. Susan Harding-Cruz , manager for the Rabies Program for the city says there have been 126 cases of rabies in wild animals this year- the highest since 1994.

Hamilton, Ontario, Sept.17,2016 Ron Markiw was the very first person in line Saturday morning at 7:30 am at the City of Hamilton's rabies clinic at Gage Park. Markiw brought his 13 month old lab/shepard cross "Jupiter" in for her vaccination. He says the clinic is "god sent" for people like him who are living on a disability pension. He says he is sure he saved at least $100.00 by bringing his pup to the clinic. In this photo veterinarian Heather McGowan gives Jupiter her needle. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Ron Markiw was the very first person in line Saturday morning at 7:30 am at the City of Hamilton’s rabies clinic at Gage Park. Markiw brought his 13 month old lab/shepard cross “Jupiter” in for her vaccination. He says the clinic is “god sent” for people like him who are living on a disability pension. He says he is sure he saved at least $100.00 by bringing his pup to the clinic. In this photo veterinarian Heather McGowan gives Jupiter her needle.

Hamilton, Ontario, Sept.17,2016 Veterinarian Liz O'Brien ,left from The Cat Clinic and registered veterinary technician Angie Johnstone check over Jay a 14 year old grey tabby before giving him his rabies vaccination Saturday at Gage Park. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Veterinarian Liz O’Brien ,left, from The Cat Clinic and registered veterinary technician Angie Johnstone check over Jay a 14 year old grey tabby before giving him his rabies vaccination Saturday at Gage Park.

Hamilton, Ontario, Sept.17,2016  William Wilkinson holds onto his rescued Italian greyhound, D.J. as they wait their turn to have D.J. vaccinated Saturday at Gage Park. Wilkinson rescued DJ from a suspected puppy mill in northern Michigan in 2010.Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

William Wilkinson holds onto his rescued Italian greyhound, D.J. as they wait their turn to have D.J. vaccinated Saturday at Gage Park. Wilkinson rescued DJ from a suspected puppy mill in northern Michigan in 2010.

Hamilton, Ontario, Sept.17,2016 The line up was long but it was worth the wait for hundreds of dog and cat owners Saturday morning at Gage Park.  The City of Hamilton Public Health Services and Animal Services hosted a low cost rabies vaccine clinic for cats and dogs. For $25.00 cash owners could get their pet vaccinated on a first come first serve basis. The line up started a 7:30 am for the clinic that opened at 9:00am. Susan Harding-Cruz , manager for the Rabies Program for the city says there have been 126 cases of rabies in wild animals this year- the highest since 1994. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Lining up for rabies vaccinations.

Hamilton, Ontario, Sept.17,2016 Veterinarian Heather McGowan gives Chris Ansell's English Bulldog "Dozer" a quick check up before giving him his rabies vaccination Saturday at Gage Park. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Veterinarian Heather McGowan gives Chris Ansell’s English Bulldog “Dozer” a quick check up before giving him his rabies vaccination Saturday at Gage Park.

Hamilton, Ontario, Sept.17,2016- 2nd BEST PHOTO Susan Labelle heads back to her vehicle with all her critters in tow after having them all vaccinated for rabies Saturday morning at Gage Park. The City of Hamilton Public Health Services and Animal Services hosted the low cost rabies vaccine clinic to protect cats and dogs against rabies. Susan Harding-Cruz , Manager for the Rabies Program for the City says there have been 126 cases of rabies in wild animals this year- the highest since 1994. Susan Labelle says she figures she save at least $500.00 by having her lab Buddy, and her domestic short hair cats Tommy, Leeko, and Manfred all vaccinated at Saturday's clinic. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Susan Labelle heads back to her vehicle with all her critters in tow after having them all vaccinated for rabies Saturday morning at Gage Park. Labelle says she figures she save at least $500.00 by having her lab Buddy, and her domestic short hair cats Tommy, Leeko, and Manfred all vaccinated at Saturday’s clinic.

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