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Pet vaccination, microchip event planned in CL

CRYSTAL LAKE – If a pet wanders from the safety of its home, the chance of it being reunited with its family is greater if the pet has a microchip for quick identification and a current rabies vaccination and registration record. 

The McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Center will host a rabies vaccination and microchip clinic from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 20 at its Crystal Lake facility at 100 N. Virginia St., at the intersection of Woodstock Street and Route 14.

No appointment is necessary. Dogs should be on leashes and cats in carriers. 

Rabies vaccinations are $10 for one year or $25 for three years.  Registration tags are required by law; registration fees are separate and required at time of rabies vaccination.

The fee chart is posted at www.co.mchenry.il.us/departments/health/pdfDocs/AC/RabVac4-07.pdf. Discounts for senior residents apply and for pets who have been previously spayed or neutered when purchasing registration tags. Microchips cost $15.

Rabies vaccinations provide pets with the best protection against this deadly disease. 

Unlike dog tags and collars that can fall off or be removed, microchipping is a more permanent form of pet identification. Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and typically are implanted by a vet just beneath the surface of the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving a vaccination through a needle and is painless to pets. 

Adoptions, which cost $80, also will be available and include age-appropriate vaccinations, spay/neuter, feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus testing, microchip, heartworm and free first veterinarian visit at participating veterinarians.

To view available pets, visit www.mcac.petfinder.org.

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