Hundreds of area residents braved the heat on Wednesday afternoon, lining up with their pets to receive their annual shots under the lodge at Ogletree Gap Park in Copperas Cove.
Georgetown veterinarian Dr John Tarlton offered vaccines at a reduced price for dogs and cats.
It can be found in towns in the region, such as Copperas Cove, Killeen and Temple, offering the vaccines regularly.
Miss Five Hills Karina Dominguez, who is also a veterinary technician in Harker Heights, said service prices are a major concern for people at the clinic, so events like Wednesday night are good for the community.
“It’s nice to see that some low-income people have the opportunity to get the care they need for their pets, by keeping them up to date with their vaccinations that they need,” Dominguez said while ‘she volunteered.
Tarlton is the veterinarian at the Austin Avenue Veterinary Clinic in Georgetown.
Wednesday’s event was hosted by Copperas Cove Animal Control.
Tammy Hall, supervisor of the animal control facility, said she estimated around 550 pets received their vaccines as of Wednesday evening.
“It’s a more convenient service for residents, because, come to think of it, our residents have 9 to 5 jobs, and it’s not always so easy to get away from their jobs to get the vaccine. need for their pets, ”Hall said.
The vaccination clinic began shortly before 5 p.m. for those who had more than three animals to vaccinate.
One of those waiting to get her pet vaccinated was Madisyn Montgomery, who brought her 3-year-old cat, Rajah.
She said the event was convenient.
“Being able to pre-register and receive emails saying this is happening helps me remember to make sure my cat is okay and doing well so that she doesn’t suffer in the long term,” said she declared.
Getting pets vaccinated is important, Dominguez said.
“Especially young puppies, the Parvo virus is an important thing,” she said. “It can be fatal if the puppies are not fully vaccinated.”
Montgomery said having the clinic at night gave her the opportunity to change her work hours so that she could be there to get Rajah vaccinated.
If it hadn’t been for the community clinics like Wednesday’s event, she would have had to take time off work to bring her in.
Hall said the decision to do the clinic at Ogletree Gap Park was for space considerations. Previously, similar events had taken place inside the Copperas Cove Civic Center.
Last year, one of the clinics was a drive-thru in the parking lot of the cafeteria at Copperas Cove High School.
The animal control service normally offers city tags during vaccination events, but did not do so at the clinic on Wednesday.
“As this is the first one we have at Ogletree Gap, we wanted to see how this was going to go first,” said Hall.
Animal Control will be holding a similar vaccination clinic in August at Ogletree Gap Park. The date and time are to be determined.