Dog owners and potential dog owners are invited to a rabies vaccination clinic and adopt-a-thon event this weekend.
The two parts of the event are coming together through a partnership between the Chaves County Veterinary Medical Association and Roswell Police Department Animal Services to benefit not only dogs and their owners — but mountain lions as well.
The veterinary association is putting on the rabies vaccination clinic and will donate all of the proceeds to the Spring River Park and Zoo to help fund the creation of the zoo’s new mountain lion enclosure. Each rabies vaccination — which will be provided to dogs and cats — will cost $10.
Meanwhile, RPD Animal Services will have adoptable dogs at the event for people who would like to consider becoming a pet owner by providing a good home to a dog from the animal shelter.
The combined event will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Russ DeKay Soccer Complex at 1500 N. Grand Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon.
All animals brought to the rabies vaccination clinic must be on a leash or in a carrier. The veterinary association has 600 vaccinations for the clinic. The vaccinations were donated by Zoetis, an animal medicine and vaccination company. Cash or checks will be accepted as payment for the vaccinations. The zoo will have merchandise for sale at the event.
The Animal Services adopt-a-thon will include the standard requirements for adopting a dog. Arrangements must be made to have the dog spayed or neutered, a city license must be purchased and the dog must be vaccinated for rabies, something that can be done at the event by the veterinary association.
Questions about adoption requirements can be answered by Animal Services staff at 575-624-6722.