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ACTion Programs for Animals offers low-cost vaccination, microchip clinic Feb. 12

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ACTion Programs for Animals (APA) is hosting a low-cost microchip and vaccination clinic 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the APA adoption center, located at 537 N. Solano Drive.

APA will provide free Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza and Parvo (DAPP) vaccinations and free Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukope (FVRCP) vaccinations for Doña Ana County-area pets.

The free vaccines are made possible through Petco Love’s national vaccination initiative, which is providing 1 million free pet vaccines to its existing animal welfare partners, including APA, for family pets in need, APA said in a news release.

Pre-registration is not required. The vaccines will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Any remaining vaccines will be distributed at subsequent clinics. Rabies vaccines, Bordetella vaccines and microchips will be offered at $15 each. APA is the only local low-cost clinic that offers three-year rabies doses when appropriate, APA said.

“We are grateful we’re able to offer the free dog and cat yearly boosters to ward off common diseases, thanks to Petco Love,” said APA Executive Director Michel Meunier. “We encourage pet owners in our community to take advantage of this special offer.”

APA is only able to serve well-behaved dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. Anyone in need of a drive-up clinic should call the Mesquite Animal Vaccination Clinic at 575-650-2000.

APA also offers a pet food bank 1 to 3 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month, also at its adoption center. Veterinary-care records and proof of low income are required.

Masks are required for anyone entering the APA building.

For questions about the vaccination clinic or pet food bank, leave a message at 575-571-4654, text 575-644-0505, email mail@apalascruces.org or visit apalascruces.org.

APA is a progressive animal welfare organization seeking to improve the quality of life for companion animals in Doña Ana County and greatly reduce the number of unwanted animals impounded and euthanized at the municipal shelter. Since May 2012, more than 5,000 animals have been rescued. The majority of these have been dogs and cats/kittens pulled from the municipal shelter. APA is able to do this through the volunteer work of rescue/foster coordinators, foster families, weekend adoptions and donations.

For more information, email mail@apalascruces.org, call 575-571-4654 and visit www.apalascruces.org.