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