Evidently, Sept. 8 is not just any other day. It’s World Rabies Day, organized by a coalition of animal-health organizations and public-health professionals to raise awareness and take action on rabies. But it might be more aptly named “War on Rabies Day.” In honor of the event, the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division is sponsoring a low-cost rabies clinic to help keep pets safe from this virus. According to a slideshow prepared by World Rabies Day organizers that’s featured on the Buncombe County Web site, “rabies kills at least 55,000 people annually, or one person every 10 minutes.”
That frightening statistic is echoed in the slogan for World Rabies Day: “Don’t wait … Vaccinate!” On Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Petsmart (150 Bleachery Road, Asheville), pet owners can bring their animals in for a $6 rabies shot, a $15 vaccine combination shot, or, more mysteriously, a $10 microchip.
For more information, contact Buncombe County Animal Services at 253-1195.
— Rebeccca Bowe, contributing editor