The lost pets were reunited with the humans who loved them because they were wearing rabies tags that had been issued by Dixie Day Spay when they were vaccinated at the low-cost spay/neuter clinic, or because a microchip implanted at Dixie Day Spay was discovered when the lost pet was scanned.
“It’s so important that companion animals wear a tag and be microchipped,” Dixie Day Spay Director Betti Gravelle said.
“While we never want to think it can happen to our pets, it’s one gate left open or a dart out the door when a visitor knocks, and then a family member is missing.”
Ideally, pets would wear their rabies tag and a tag that has the guardian’s name and telephone number on their collars, in addition to being microchipped.
Dixie Day Spay provides rabies vaccinations with tags ($10) and microchipping ($15) during the week for spay/neuter patients.
If your pet is already spayed/neutered and it’s time for a rabies vaccination, or you want to get your pet microchipped, visit Dixie Day Spay’s low-cost vaccine clinic on the first Saturday or each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointment is necessary. It is a walk-in clinic.
Other routine vaccinations, testing, heart worm prevention, deworming, and flea/tick prevention are also available during the monthly clinic.
If your pet has previously been vaccinated for rabies, the rabies vaccination your dog or cat receives at Dixie Day Spay will be effective for three years. If this is your pet’s first rabies vaccination, the dog or cat must return in one year for the three-year vaccination.
Spay/neuter services are not available at the monthly vaccine clinic, but are available Monday through Friday with an appointment. Dog spay/neuter is $50; cat spay/neuter is $40, and vaccinations and testing are available at additional cost.
Call the clinic at 423-476-7122 to schedule an appointment.