Floyd County Environmental Health, along with Floyd County Animal Control and local veterinarians, will conduct a rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs Saturday, Sept. 21, from 1 until 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Floyd County Health Department, 16 E. 12th St. Animals must be healthy, at least 12 weeks of age and on a leash or in a pet carrier. Cost for the rabies vaccination is $10 — cash only.
Veterinarians from East Rome Animal Clinic, West Rome Animal Clinic and Mount Berry Animal Hospital will be giving the rabies shots. Floyd County Animal Control staff will be assisting.
According to Floyd County Health Department Environmental Health Manager Shane Hendrix, “as of Sept. 1, Floyd County has had two confirmed cases of animal rabies this year — in two raccoons. Our office has also investigated 190 animal-bite cases this year, which included bites to humans as well as domestic pets exposed to wild animals such as raccoons, bats and skunks.”
“Rabies is a deadly virus that is always circulating in our wild animal population,” Hendrix said, “and getting your pet vaccinated is the single best way to protect them from rabies. It’s important to do it for their protection, for our protection, and because it’s state law.”
Hendrix encouraged people with pets to:
- visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, and dogs,
- spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly and
- call Floyd County Animal Control at (706) 236-4537 to remove all stray animals from your neighborhood since these animals may be unvaccinated or ill.
For more: Environmental Health office at 706-295-6316 oror .
The League of Women Voters of Rome-Floyd and Dalton-Whitfield will discuss redistricting and the Census, a strategy for fair elections in Georgia. The event will include a presentation, along with a panel of local and regional experts, Q&A, and action items to develop fair districts in Georgia. This informational event is open to the public. Details: 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at The Calhoun Depot 109 S. King St. The Redistricting Town Hall Forum is an initiative of the Georgia Redistricting Alliance (GRA: the ACLU of GA, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Common Cause GA, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), GA Coalition for the People’s Agenda, GA STAND UP, GA WAND, the League of Women Voters of GA, and the NAACP), supported by ProGeorgia, a civic engagement table. The GRA aims to encourage communities to reclaim their power by informing them of the importance of, and advocating for, fair redistricting to ensure that the voices of Georgia citizens are not silenced. For more information: Rebecca Moye 706/346-1334 at firstname.lastname@example.org.