Don’t forget rabies vaccinations
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Pet of the Week: Rocket
There is a rabies alert. Because of the importance of this, the Elmore County Humane Shelter in Wetumpka shares this news release to alert the public.
The Alabama Department of Public Health issues a reminder to raise awareness and the importance of prevention. Multiple members of a single household in the Harris Road area of Elmore in Elmore County were exposed.
Exposure was from an unvaccinated dog that had contracted rabies. All of the individuals exposed are currently undergoing treatments that prevent human infection following exposure.
The dog was described as a beagle mix and was confirmed to have rabies at an ADPH laboratory following examination by a local veterinarian. The dog was a family pet, but not kept in an enclosure and reportedly did have some contact with strays in the area.
This case of rabies follows another case just a few weeks ago in the Titus community.
If your animal is due for the rabies vaccination, now is the time to get it done. Sometimes, I find that things to do with normal life before COVID-19 seem to get pushed to the back of our mind or simply forgotten. Rabies vaccinations are very important, especially if your dog gets to run, or you live in the country.
The featured pet for adoption this week in the Humane Shelter for Elmore County is Rocket, a 2-3 year old male and about 30 pounds. Since he is rather light-boned, those “in the know” and the shelter’s director Rea Cord feel that he could possibly have something like whippet in his mixture.
Rocket is VERY shy when he first meets you and sadly is quite scared of men. Once he is comfortable with you, he loves tummy rubs and being petted. He will need a quiet type home and a gentle tone/touch to build up his confidence. He is supposedly good with older children. He is fine with other dogs that aren’t too over the top, energy wise. Shelter care-givers think that Rocket is the kind of dog that will just blossom in the right home for him.
If you are interested in Rocket or any of the adoptable pets at the shelter in Wetumpka, email for an application (firstname.lastname@example.org), and once that goes through, you can get an appointment to visit and meet any animals you’d like to see. This process works well in this era of COVID-19.
Love your animals, and please keep them inside during these freezing nights still to come.
The Dog Lover