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Today’s average Americans spent more on their pet’s overall wellness compared to the same period the previous years. The rise in numbers shows significant awareness and positive advancement on how animal companions get accepted in the current society. One city takes it a notch higher by helping owners of domesticated animals.

The city of Minneapolis in Minnesota spearheads an affordable vaccination clinic for their residents’ pets four times annually. Residents get rabies and distemper vaccines for their animals with a bonus of micro-chipping for only a whopping $25 cheap!

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Average clinics get to charge a minimum of $150 for all three procedures including an exam fee, said Danielle Joerger. Danielle works as a community engagement coordinator and volunteer for Minneapolis Animal Care and Control. The group found some areas where residents find it hard to keep their animals updated on their vaccine requirements due to the high fees involved. The law requires that all animal pets such as cats and dogs get vaccinated by an anti-rabies vaccine while the distemper vaccine aims to help prevent several illnesses to these animals.

The program reached great success and owners took advantage of the benefits from the city government. People lined up across the clinics parking lot and workers treated about 118 animals just for that single day alone.

Owners such as the family of DeVonne Reinhardt-Bock who brought three dogs to avail the shots became very accepting of the program. She mentioned that pet care could skyrocket if you have three pets like them. DeVonne pointed out that one of the dogs went under surgery to remove both eyes due to glaucoma while another dog suffered from a liver issue that set their family back with about a couple of grand.

The city claims that they love their animals and works hard to protect them from common sicknesses such as the parvovirus which gets coverage in the distemper vaccine. They want to make it affordable to people and keep the community and their pets healthy.

Thanks to our friends from MPR News for posting the original story.

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