Owners of dogs, cats and ferrets can once again take advantage of Olmsted County Public Health’s annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday

For $20 per animal, dogs, cats and those furry ferrets can get vaccinated against rabies at a variety of locations around Olmsted County. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their animals in pet carriers or on a leash.

Locations in Rochester include Jeff’s Little Store, 3335 Marion Road SE, from 8 a.m. to noon with veterinarian Larry Predmore; Rochester Pet & Country Store, 1550 Third Ave. SE, from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Predmore; Olmsted County History Center, 1195 West Circle Dr. SW, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Predmore; and the Rochester Fire Department location on 41st Street NW from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with Evelyn Richer and Treder Bradley.

Outside Rochester, the clinic will be held at several small towns, including Chosen Valley Veterinary Clinic, 115 S. Main St. in Chatfield from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with Henry Peeters; Byron Pet Clinic, 25 Frontage Road NW in Byron from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Kristi Frost; Stewartville Animal Clinic at 205 S. Main St. in Stewartville from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with George Sedgwick; and in Marion Village at Jeff’s Little Store, 5395 U.S. Highway 52 S. from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. with Predmore.

Pet owners are advised to protect their pets and their families from the risk of rabies, said Kari Etrheim, public information for Olmsted County Public Health.

While most rabies cases occur in wild animals such as skunks, bats and raccoons, it is important to protect pets by providing necessary vaccinations. Wild animals often are the source of rabies, passing the disease along to pets or livestock, which then pass it along to humans. Vaccinated pets prevent the spread of rabies from wildlife to humans.

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Regional Reporter

Brian Todd is a 1997 graduate of Nebraska-Omaha. He covers Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties and writes a weekly column about the life of a reporter.