RABIES BOOSTERS SHOT DOWN
Dec. 2008 - Every dog owner
(and parent) owes
Kris Christine a huge debt of gratitude. If you or your vet don’t know
about the Rabies Challenge Fund and new vaccine protocol, learn how to protect
your dog’s health. Kids and dogs have delicate immune systems.
Wyoming dog owners, led by Volk
of Karontara Irish Wolfhounds, who initially raised concerns about the
city's outdated annual booster protocol prove it can be done!
CHEYENNE – The City’s Dogs and Cats will No Longer Need to Get Rabies
Shots Every Year Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Page A3, Tuesday, December 9,
2008 by Jodi Rogstad
Pet owners now have the option to have their animal companions
vaccinated once every three years. Monday, the Cheyenne City Council
voted 8-2 to change the city’s rabies vaccine ordinance.
ARKANSAS Considers 3 Year Rabies Law
Health Department Discusses Change In Pet Vaccination Law
News November 22, 2008 LITTLE ROCK --
Arkansas and Alabama are the only
states that still require annual rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats,
but that could change in the 2009 session."
What You Can Do to Help: Contact the Arkansas Legislature
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ and ask them to pass the 3 year rabies legislation when it is introduced
and request that a medical exemption clause for sick animals be
WICHITA, Kansas Weighing 3 Year Rabies Ordinance
City Seeking Vets' Input on Rabies Wichita Eagle
November 15, 2008
"The city of Wichita is asking area veterinarians if it should change
its ordinance requiring dogs to be vaccinated yearly against rabies."
What You Can Do to Help: Give the Wichita City Council a call and ask
them to adopt a 3 year protocol with a medical exemption clause for sick
MISSISSIPPI & SOUTH CAROLINA 3 Year Rabies Laws
A number of pet owners in Mississippi and South Carolina have been under
the mistaken impression that their states require annual rabies
boosters. Both states have 3 year protocols.
MISSISSIPPI Rabies Laws (for questions about Mississippi's 3 year
protocol, contact State Veterinarian, Mississippi State Veterinarian,
Dr. Jim Watson 601-359-1170)
All dogs and cats shall be vaccinated against rabies at three months of
age, revaccinated one year later and every three years thereafter, using
a rabies vaccine approved as providing a 3-year immunity.
SOUTH CAROLINA Rabies Control Title 47 SECTION 47-5-60 (for questions
about the 3 year protocol in South Carolina, call State Veterinarian,
Dr. Stephanie Cox 803-898-4042)
Inoculation of pets; certificates and tags.
A pet owner must have his pet inoculated against rabies at a frequency
to provide continuous protection of the pet from rabies using a vaccine
approved by the department and licensed by the United States Department
of Agriculture. Evidence of rabies inoculation is a certificate signed
by a licensed veterinarian.
TENNESSEE Rabies Laws
Tennessee dog owners have launched an effort requesting the state to
consistently enforce the 3 year rabies immunization requirement set
forth in Tennessee law Title 68 Chapter 8
The RabiesVaccinationChallenge in TN Yahoo Group they formed can be
THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND
The Rabies Challenge Fund earned the endorsements of canine celebrities,
Rin Tin Tin and Benji
Jan Rasmusen author of the national-award-winning health care book,
Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care, will send an autographed copy
of her book for donations to The Rabies Challenge Fund above $500
November marked the one year anniversary since the concurrent 5 and 7
year challenge studies began at the University of Wisconsin School of
Veterinary Medicine, and the fund has raised $166,778 of the $209,000
needed to fund the studies' second year budget.
Editor’s Note: Please, go to the Rabies Challenge Fund website and
DONATE NOW!!! TheDogPlace.org has worked with Kris for many years as she
has single-handedly raised awareness, testified before state and local
veterinary associations and lawmakers, and succeeded in getting some of
the most highly respected vets and veterinary universities on board. Go
to the site, the official backers and endorsement of the veterinary
community will amaze you.
And forgive me for pointing out that one determined woman did this,
initially by herself. Let this be an example to all dog clubs and
legislative groups. Working alone is sometimes easier, no one
interfering, but at some point, we have to do what Kris did – come
together for the good of our dogs and their owners.
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