The Animal Relief Fund held one of their periodic rabies clinics Friday, Aug. 28. This one was different from the ones in the past, mostly due to social distancing, face masks, and other requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While previous rabies clinics were held at the ramada at Western Park. This one, however, was held at the Town of Parker/La Paz County Animal Shelter, 309 7th Street. Previous clinics say people sign in with their pets, pay their fees, and wait in line for the pet’s shots. This time, pet owners would check in, pay their fees, and then wait in their vehicles with their pets until they were called in to have their shots.

In addition, everyone had to wear face masks.

The shots were administered in the building at the shelter for cats. Dr. Rayeann Solano, DVM was the veterinarian in charge. Solano is a Parker High graduate who studied to be a vet at Midwest University in Phoenix. She said she wanted to come back to the Parker area because there is a shortage of veterinarians here. She currently works for a veterinary practice in Blythe, Calif.

In addition to rabies shots, other vaccinations were available as well. In addition, La Paz County dog licenses were available in the main shelter building.

ARF holds these clinics periodically throughout the year. When the Pioneer receives information on these clinics, it’s posted so pet owners will be able to take advantage of them.

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