SWLA pet owners will be happy to learn in March, the Calcasieu Parish Animal Services will host two drive-thru rabies clinics. As with previous years, the clinics will take place on different days, and one will be in Lake Charles, with the other in Sulphur.

Microchipping is a great way to help identify your pet and have them returned if it becomes lost or stolen. This service will also be available at both clinics. All cats must be in a kennel. Back by popular demand, Animal Services to Host the drive-thru clinics will take place on the following dates, places, and times below:

Lake Charles -
Saturday, March 4: Burton Coliseum Complex parking lot, 7001 Gulf Hwy.
7 a.m. – noon.

Sulphur -
Saturday, March 25: West-Cal Arena & Events Center parking lot,
401 Arena Road
7 a.m. - noon.

The vaccination and licensing fee for an animal already spayed or neutered is only $8. The unaltered pet fee is $10. Microchipping will also be available at the clinics, so be sure to ask if you are interested. The method of payment is cash or checks only. No credit or debit cards will be accepted.

It is required that all dogs and cats over three months be vaccinated and licensed under state and parish codes. The vaccinations not only help to keep your pet healthy but prevent the spread of rabies infection. Once your pet has been vaccinated, it must wear a rabies license tag. If you are a cat owner, it is encouraged to place the tag on a breakaway collar.

Please remember Calcasieu Parish Animal Services has several dogs and cats looking for a family and a forever home. Before you purchase a pet from a breeder or pet store, please consider giving an animal a second chance at life by adopting a dog or cat in need. To see dogs and cats waiting for a loving home, or to locate a lost pet, click HERE.

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To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet's phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.

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