RABIES BOOSTERS SHOT DOWN
Kris Christine - TheDogPlace.org 12/2008
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city's outdated annual booster protocol prove it can be done!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
The Morning 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 included.
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 animals.
http://www.wichita.gov/Government/CityCouncil/ (316) 268-4331.
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
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
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 http://tennessee.gov/sos/acts/103/pub/pc0765.pdf.
The RabiesVaccinationChallenge in TN Yahoo Group they formed can be found at
THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND
The Rabies Challenge Fund earned the endorsements of canine celebrities,
Tin and Benji
http://www.RabiesChallengeFund.org, and 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. See historical coverage of the Rabies Vaccine Reaction Lawsuit
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