Long Beach Animal Care Services Hosting Weekly Low-Cost Vaccine Clinics
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Long Beach, CA ~ Long Beach, CA - In an effort to provide essential vaccinations and basic wellness services for pets at an affordable price, the City of Long Beach's Animal Care Services (LBACS) has partnered with Community Animal Medicine Project (CAMP) to host weekly low-cost vaccine clinics. The goal of this partnership is to ensure that all pets in the community are receiving the necessary medical treatments to prevent and protect against diseases. This initiative is part of LBACS's Compassion Saves model, which aims to improve and enhance the quality of life for all pets in the community.

According to Mayor Rex Richardson, these weekly clinics will play a vital role in ensuring that pets in Long Beach receive the care they need to stay healthy and happy. "As a city, we believe it's our responsibility to support our community's most vulnerable members, including our beloved pets," he stated.

The clinics will take place every Monday, second Friday, and fourth Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LBACS located at 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90815. However, please note that the clinics will be closed on September 2nd due to the Labor Day holiday. The complete schedule can be found on longbeach.gov/acs.

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In addition to these weekly clinics, there will also be low-cost vaccine clinics available at Signal Hill Public Library parking lot (1800 E. Hill St., Signal Hill, CA 90755) on specific dates and times throughout the summer. These dates include Saturday, June 29th from 8 a.m. to noon; Friday, July 19th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, August 17th from 8 a.m. to noon.

At these events, pet owners can expect vaccines and treatments such as Bordetella, flea/tick treatments, and rabies, which is a requirement for all dogs and cats four months or older as stated in Long Beach Municipal Code 6.12.110. A full list of vaccines and basic wellness services offered at each clinic can be found on CAMP's website.

In addition to vaccines, microchips will also be available for purchase at all clinics. With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, it is highly encouraged for pet owners to obtain a microchip for their pets. The loud noises from fireworks can cause panic for many animals, leading to an increase in runaway pets every year. Having a microchip will help ensure that a lost or separated pet can be identified and reunited with their owner. More information on how to protect pets during this holiday can be found on LBACS's Fourth of July webpage.

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Melanie Wagner, Bureau Manager of Long Beach Animal Services, expressed her excitement about the partnership with CAMP and the valuable service it will bring to the community. "We believe that by working together, we can improve the health and quality of lives for our animals in our community," she said.

These clinics are open to the first 60 pets on a first-come-first-served basis, and no appointment is necessary. Pet owners are encouraged to bring all past vaccine records for their pets. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. It is important to note that these clinics are open to all residents, regardless of whether they live in Long Beach or one of the City's contract cities (Signal Hill, Los Alamitos or Cerritos).

LBACS's mission is to ensure "Compassion Saves" by providing support services for both people and animals in the community through outreach, education, guidance, and protection for shelter animals through enrichment programs. For more information on services and programs provided by LBACS, please visit longbeach.gov/acs.

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