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Dogs look out from their kennels at  Kings County Animal Services in this file photo. 

HANFORD — Local pet owners have a chance to show their dogs and cats that they’re looking out for their well-being and helping ensure they have long, healthy lives this weekend.

Kings County Animal Services will host a vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at their headquarters, 10909 Bonneyview Lane, Hanford.

“Parvo is really bad in this area,” outreach coordinator Samantha Yang said.

The number of cases of parvo, a virus that results in death in in up to 91 percent of untreated cases, tends to increase in the summer.  Puppies don’t even necessarily need to come in contact with other dogs to catch the disease.  A rash of canine distemper cases struck shelters in the Valley last year, causing many illnesses.

“The core vaccine for dogs is the parvo/distemper vaccine, which covers both. That’s why it’s a very important vaccine to get,” Yang said.

Veterinarians from San Francisco SPCA will be on hand at the clinic to administer a number of vaccines including preventative measures for parvo, canine distemper, rabies, deworming and an FVRCP vaccine for cats.

Yang urges the public to bring their pets to get any vaccines they may need.

Around 150 animals were seen and vaccinated at the last event the organization hosted.

Throughout the day, each vaccine will be offered for only $5. Microchipping will be available at that price, as well.

Pet owners can also sign their pets up to be spayed and neutered while at the event.

 For questions, please call the shelter at 559-852-2525.

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