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Volunteers treat pets to annual vaccines

Posted: June 9, 2014 - 2:57pm

Hardly a woof or a cry was heard Saturday at Companions Vaccination Clinic as more than 200 dogs and cats were treated to their annual vaccines by a dedicated mostly volunteer staff who was very well organized.

This Saturday happened to have three veterinarians on hand because Dr. Cathryn Doyle stepped in to help Drs. Laura Erickson and Andrea Razor from Hillcrest Animal Hospital. Doyle is finishing her internship at Riddles Elephant Farm.

The rest of the volunteers are there because they believe in helping owners and love animals.

Although the clinic is always scheduled monthly from 1-3 p.m., owners begin arriving early to sign up, and all staff stays until the last dog or cat is cared for — sometimes as late as 4 p.m. They try not to turn someone away who has signed up during the regular times. The philosophy of this Humane Society of Faulkner County sponsor is to make it easy for owners to spay/neuter and keep their pets healthy with vaccines and other medical services.

Companions offers low-cost vaccinations, nail clipping, heartworm testing and worming — all at very low special prices on a cash- or check-only basis. For instance, a typical dog package would include heartworm testing, a rabies vaccine and distemper/parvo shot for just $25. A cat package would include rabies, feline leukemia and feline distemper vaccines for only $25. Of course, these services can also be priced separately for less if your pet does not need everything. Rabies vaccination is a state law in Arkansas and costs just $10.

The Companions Spay & Neuter Clinic also offers spaying and neutering of dogs and cats on weekdays at reduced prices, but you must call for an appointment at 501-679-7900.

Their next vaccination clinic is scheduled for June 28 from 1-3 p.m. You do not need an appointment. They are located at 589 Highway 65, Greenbrier, on the west side of the highway.

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