2010-06-18 / Community

Local Vets To Hold Dog Flu Shot Clinic

Rockaway Animal Hospital, 1833 Cornaga Avenue, Far Rockaway, and Belle Harbor Animal Clinic, 457 Beach 129 Street, Belle Harbor, will host a special clinic on Wednesday, June 30, as part of a nationwide initiative to vaccinate dogs against the canine influenza virus and raise funds for NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans.

Area pet owners are encouraged to participate in the fundraiser and have their dogs vaccinated at the same time.

There is a suggested donation of $40 which will go to support NEADS, the National Education for Assistance Dog Services, a national nonprofit organization that trains and places dogs to help people with various challenges to lead full and active lives.

NEADS also runs the Canines for Combat Veterans program to help members of the armed forces who have been injured or traumatized. It also trains assistance dogs that provide balance to those who struggle to walk without support.

Two doses of the vaccine are needed to protect dogs against the newly emerging infection. The first dose will be administered the day of the clinic and the follow-up, covered by the $40 donation, can be scheduled at the pet owner’s convenience.

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