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Wednesday, Jan 01 2014 06:00 AM

Low cost spay, neuter, vaccine and microchip clinics scheduled

Have a Heart Humane Society is pleased to bring two more low cost spay/neuter clinics to Tehachapi's low income residents, seniors over 65 on fixed incomes and military veterans. These two clinics are being funded by a grant from Best Friends Animal Society, our rescue partners.

The clinics will be held Sat., Jan. 4, and Sat., Feb. 1, 2014 at the West Park Activity Center, 410 W. "D" St., Tehachapi.

There will be a $25 fee for each pet. Services include: spay or neuter, Rabies vaccination, Dog license, DHPP vaccination for dogs and FVRCP vaccination for cats.

Sign-ups are in person only (no emails or phone calls) on Sat., Dec. 21, and Sat., Dec. 28, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Radio Shack, 1121 W. Valley Blvd. No early birds please as that is also an adoption day. Bring $25 (cash only), proof of income ($30,000 per household or less), a utility bill, food stamp program or other aid), driver's license to prove Tehachapi residency, military identification.

Approximately 30 pets will be scheduled for each clinic. The number of large female and male dogs at each clinic will be limited due to the extra time required to perform their surgeries.

Please note the following restrictions:

* No overweight pets.

* No dogs over 50 pounds (weigh your dog before you sign up).

* No pregnant pets.

* No male pets whose testicles are not fully descended

* No sick pets (sneezing, coughing, ringworm, watery eyes or nose or pets on medications).

* No pets over six years old.

* All dogs must be on a leash. Check to make sure the collar is tight enough so they can't pull out of it.

* All cats must be in carriers.

* Any pet owner who misses the appointment will not be rescheduled.

* Refunds cannot be given once the reservation has been made.

Other clinics

A vaccination, microchip and licensing clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the same days, also at the West Park Activity Center. This clinic is open to anyone in Kern County and is being offered in conjunction with the spay/neuter clinic.

If you want a Rabies vaccination for your dog, Kern County requires you get a dog license at the clinic. License fees vary depending upon whether or not the dog has been spayed or neutered, if you are a senior citizen, etc. bring proof of your dog's spay or neuter to get the lowest price. If you do not have proof, call your vet and ask for a copy of the spay/neuter certificate.

Cats are not required to be licensed.

Prices for clinic services are as follows: Rabies vaccinations, $5; DHPP (dog) vaccinations, $3; FVRCP (cat) vaccinations, $3; Microchips, free.

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