On Saturday, September 26, dog and cat owners from St. Joseph, MO, and the surrounding area attended the 11th Annual Vaccine Clinic hosted by UPCO®. The event offered dog and cat vaccines, including Rabies and Distemper as well as Kennel Cough for dogs. The need for inexpensive vaccine care was apparent. Several attendees mentioned they would not be able to afford the vaccines without this event.
Bob Peters, DVM, was the veterinarian on staff administering the vaccines for the event. Doc graduated from the Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. He currently practices at Northland Animal Welfare Society in Gladstone, MO. “After 11 years of providing services for this event, the process is quite a well-oiled machine.” says Peters.
“A large turnout was expected this year since the city did not offer their vaccine clinics earlier in the year. We took extra precautions with the pandemic among us. By expanding our line-up area, placing social distancing reminders throughout, and providing hand sanitizer stations allowed everyone to feel safe. We appreciate the effort by those who attended the Vaccine Clinic that followed recommendations to use best social distancing practices during the event.” says Kyle Evans, UPCO® President. “Seeing all of the pets who came to get vaccinated makes the effort and months of planning all worthwhile. I feel it is extremely important to provide vaccines for the dogs and cats in our community. The best part of the day is seeing so many of our four-legged furry friends.” says Erin Green, UPCO® Vice President.
World Rabies Day
In honor of World Rabies Day (today), we are proud to offer this event to help keep pets in our community and surrounding areas protected. Rabies and many other diseases that can be harmful, even deadly. Dr. Bob Peters, DVM administered a total of 435 Rabies vaccinations to both dogs and cats during the event. Rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease. It can spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal. In the United States, Rabies is mostly found in wild animals like bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. However, Rabies deaths in people around the world are usually caused by dog bites.
People of all ages with many different breeds of dogs and cats participated in the event. The event also offered nail trimmings by Amy of Positively Pet Parlor, City Licensing by Animal Control. As well as booths set up by Biozyme®, Creatures by Theresa (CBT Zoo & Rescue), and Against All Odds Rescue (AAO).
Founded in 1952, UPCO® was one of the first retail animal supply companies in St. Joseph, MO. A third generation, family owned and operated company boasting a knowledgeable staff and offering products from over 700 brands. UPCO® provides both pet and farm supplies to the local community and throughout the U.S. via their website and mail order services. Primary focus on friendly customer service and low wholesale prices, they are the animal supplier of choice, voted Reader’s Choice for the past 12 years.