|Thursday, 20 September 2012 00:00|
World Rabies Day Waits for Its Lady Gaga Song;
Meanwhile, County Offers Free Rabies Shots on Sept. 28
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2012 – If Lady Gaga sang about rabies, wow, that would raise awareness.
What if Justin Bieber put out a song called "Rabies – It Ain't Cool," would it crack the Top 40? And when Beyoncé collects her next award and takes a moment at the podium to drop a word or two about World Rabies Day, then we know we've really hit a milestone in our awareness education.
In the meantime, you get this news release.
World Rabies Day is Friday, Sept. 28, and while it may not register on people's radars on the same level as hantavirus, the West Nile Virus or even a zombie apocalypse, the disease is still a factor. It's just not as rampant as it once was, thanks to the ongoing efforts of animal control agencies nationwide.
In fact, rabies is the No. 1 reason why animal control organizations exist in the first place. After all, it is California law to have a license for your dog. And you can't get a license unless your dog has been given the rabies vaccination.
Not necessarily to celebrate World Rabies Day inasmuch to recognize it, Riverside County Animal Services will be providing free rabies shots on Friday, Sept. 28. The free vaccinations will be provided from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the county's main shelter, the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter, 6851 Van Buren Blvd., Jurupa Valley, 92509.
The county's veterinary staff will also provide pet owners the other vaccination and microchip services, if desired, at the regular low-cost fees. Please visit our Web site, www.rcdas.org, to review those low-cost vaccination fees.
"Although well under control in the North American dog population, rabies continues to be a major public health concern in many parts of the world," said Dr. Allan Drusys, chief veterinarian for Riverside County.