The SPCA Serving Erie County will once again administer free canine parvovirus (parvo) vaccines to dogs and puppies 8 weeks and older during monthly clinics through October.
In 2015 and 2014, the SPCA vaccinated a total of approximately 1,300 dogs at no cost to the pet owners.
Parvo is a contagious virus that affects any age, breed or gender dog. Any person, animal or object that comes in contact with an infected dog's feces can transmit the disease. Parvo can live in an environment for months and endure the hottest and coldest temperatures. There is no cure for parvo and it is life-threatening without veterinary care. Prevention through vaccination is the only way to ensure a puppy or dog remains immune to parvo.
All clinics will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturdays. Clinics are scheduled for May 28 at the George K. Arthur Community Center parking lot, 2056 Genesee St., Buffalo; June 11 and July 9 at the Broadway Market, 999 Broadway in Buffalo; and Aug. 13, Sept. 10 and Oct. 1 at the West Side Community Center, 161 Vermont St., Buffalo.
No appointment is necessary. All dogs must be on leashes; SPCA representatives will not vaccinate unleashed dogs.
Dates are subject to change. Interested parties should confirm dates on the calendar of the SPCA's website, http://YourSPCA.org. Call the SPCA veterinary department with questions: 716-875-7360.