THE Bahamas Humane Society will host two clinics to administer free distemper vaccines to dogs in New Providence next week.
The move is an initiative to help the less fortunate who may not be able to afford the vaccine to protect their dogs against the deadly canine virus.
The first clinic will take place on August 12 at Our Lady’s Catholic Church on Deveaux Street off East Street and the second clinic will be held the next day at Thelma Gibson Primary School in Elizabeth Estates.
The clinics will be open from 2pm to 7pm.
The vaccines are aimed at establishing a “ring of immunity” within New Providence to protect local pets, the Humane Society said.
The vaccines have been provided by Humane Society International.
In July, animal health officials warned that the virus “is a highly contagious viral disease that is airborne and affects mostly puppies and some adult dogs.”
They add that there is no treatment or cure for the disease, but it is preventable through vaccination.
It is not contagious to humans or cats.
Animal health experts have urged dog owners, who have not had their pet vaccinated in the past month, to vaccinate their dog immediately.
Dog owners are also advised to keep their pet on property and avoid off-property walks and play groups.
Further locations and dates for future clinics will be announced soon.
Contact the Bahamas Humane Society at 323-5138, check the Bahamas Humane Society website at www.bahamashumanesociety.com, or visit its Facebook page for more information.