Caucun, Q.R. — National Rabies Week began September 20 in the state of Quintana Roo with the goal of vaccinating 50,000 pets throughout the state.
The rabies vaccination program, Semana Nacional de Reforzamiento de Vacunación Antirrábica, is being sponsored by the state’s secretary of health department. All rabies vaccines are free for cats and dogs.
Dr. Jorge Gutiérrez Contreras, who is part of the vaccination campaign, says that they are hoping to promote responsible pet ownership through the program by explaining the importance of feeding pets and treating them with respect as well as the importance of having the pets dewormed.
He explained that it has been 37 years since the region recorded a human case of rabies transmitted by a cat or dog.
There are approximately 50,000 free rabies shots available for pet owners throughout the state of Quintana Roo. In Benito Juarez, veterinarians are anticipating 20,600 shots while for Solidarity, they have set aside 5,400 rabies shots. The rest have been divided up between Cozumel, Lazaro Cardenas, Tulum and Isla Mujeres.
To learn more about the program, people can visit the Government’s Secretary of Health website for the exact location and date. The program runs from September 20 to 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.