By Jerry Knaak
North Beach PAWS Public Relations Director
North Beach PAWS recently held a low-cost dog and can vaccination clinic at the Lions Club in Ocean Shores. Local veterinarians and vet techs administered a total of 167 core vaccines and 37 microchips to 90 dogs and 23 cats during the four-hour event. Several North Beach PAWS volunteers also helped with all aspects of the clinic.
Numerous local businesses such as Arrow Lumber, IGA, Red Sky Tattoo, Sweet Inks Tattoo, Home Port, Ocean Beach Roasters, Affordable Moped Rental, Galway Bay, Hot Mama's Kitchen, Red Genie Pizza, Dugan's Pizza, Beach Bum Fitness, C J Automotive, and Diamond Dogs Daycare & Resort donated raffle prizes and gift certificates for the clinic.
Local radio station, KOSW 91.3 FM, was also on hand reporting from the event and conducted interviews with North Beach PAWS Dog Shelter Manager and event organizer Nanette Sparrow.
“Community support for this vaccination clinic and the health and well-being of the animals in their care was heartwarming,” said Nanette Sparrow, North Beach PAWS dog shelter manager and event organizer. “It was also great to see so many dogs adopted from us and how much they’re loved by their new families.”
The Ocean Shores vaccination clinic came on the heels of a similar clinic held in August at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, where close to 200 animals were vaccinated and/or microchipped.
“Washington State law requires all dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies. Other diseases such as distemper are prevalent in wildlife and can infect unvaccinated pets,” Sparrow told The Daily World back in August. “Thanks to vaccinations, parvovirus, and distemper in dogs, and panleukopenia (feline distemper) and leukemia in cats, are entirely preventable. Microchips are the only permanent identification that can reunite you with your beloved lost pet. Unlike collars and ID tags which can break or get lost, a microchip will last for the life of your pet.”
In all, 305 animals were vaccinated and/or microchipped at the North Beach PAWS vaccination clinics. For more photos from the event, please visit and "like" our Facebook page.