Last Saturday several dozen people and their pets showed up at the Lions pavilion in Cedaredge to take advantage of the town's low-cost vaccination clinic. Within the first half-hour, 35 dogs of all breeds, including a lot of all-breed dogs, received shots for rabies and DHPP. The owners paid $10 per shot. DHPP is a multi-vaccination that covers distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza.
Michelle Anderson, the town's animal control and enforcement officer, was on hand to issue certificates of vaccination. She reported that the clinic usually service between 50-75 dogs across Delta County. The clinics are open to any dog owner within the county. As needed, Anderson also issued 2019 town dog licenses. She estimates that she issues between 10-20 licenses during clinic time.
As with previous clinics, Jeff and Susie Hirsch, owners and operators of Surface Creek Veterinary Center, provided their services free of charge. Both are doctors of veterinary medicine. They opened the Surface Creek center in 2011.
The clinics are held semi-annually and the next one will occur in late March or early April. Anderson will announce the exact clinic dates in a future DCI article and in "Writing on the Edge," the town newsletter which is distributed with town water bill.
For questions, contact Anderson at 970-856-4301.