The Vidor-based non-profit group Heartbeats of Hope will hold its annual rabies clinic from 8 a.m. - noon, Saturday, May 19 at Capital One Bank, 1255 N. Main in Vidor.
The clinic, run for many years by the veterinary offices of Dr. Billy Jordan and Dr. Dena McGowan, boasts four veterinarians administering rabies vaccines to dogs and cats at least three months of age.
The vaccines cost only $7 — a fraction of the usual cost — and one dollar from each vaccine is donated to Heartbeats of Hope, which serves children and youth with cancer.
Doctors Jordan and McGowan are joined by Dr. Jeri Kindon and Dr. Danielle May, as well as a team of office workers making sure rabies tags are given out and paperwork completed correctly. Heartbeats of Hope team members will be on hand to help patrons fill out papers.
“We normally have at least 800 animals vaccinated,” said Heartbeats of Hope director Sally Andrews. “It’s a busy day, and we are grateful to our local doctors and their staffs for doing this not only for Heartbeats of Hope’s sick kids, but to make sure animals are not running around un-vaccinated.”
Heartbeats of Hope was formed in 1999 in memory of Vidor teen Katie Pittman, who lost her life to leukemia that year. The group serves local families whose children have cancer, provide scholarships, and take gifts to hospitalized children and youth with cancer at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
Heartbeats of Hope encourages those bringing cats to bring them in a carrier and leave them in the car.
“The vets will go the cars to vaccinate, so it’s really not necessary to take the animals out,” says Andrews. “It seems like just about every year we lose a cat because someone carries their cat around. The cat becomes fearful of all the dogs, and off he goes. It’s really just a better idea to leave any animals at the car.”
The clinic has run for many years now, and offers folks the opportunity to get the vaccine at a greatly-reduced price. Dogs and cats must be at least three months of age. For further information, interested parties may call 409-769-6744 or 409-769-9664.