SEATTLE, Wash. –– For the first time in the Puget Sound area, several local animal shelters, nonprofits and government entities are working together to create a multi-site vaccination clinic for World Rabies Day for the Rabies Hero campaign (part of Rabies Free Africa). The goal of the Saturday, Sept. 26, free clinics is to get pets owned by people who are low-income or experiencing homelessness updated on recommended vaccines – including rabies.

News media is welcome at any of the six locations to cover this important health and safety effort. RSVP and other information is below.

WHO:              Washington State University Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

WHAT:            Coalition of veterinary clinics and animal care providers will hold the first ever, multi-site vaccination effort providing  essential vaccinations for pets as well as selected wellness checks for people, known as One Health Clinic. Pet food and supply donations will be available at each site as well. The coalition includes Seattle Humane, Regional Animal Services of King County, Doney Coe Pet Clinic, Seattle Animal Shelter, and Rainier Animal Fund.

WHEN:            Saturday, Sept. 26, see schedule below. All clinics will operate from 1-4 p.m.

MEDIA RSVP:  Christie Cotterill, ccotterill@wsu.edu, 206-909-8006

Health and safety is a key priority for these events. Strict adherence to mask wearing, physical distancing, and hand sanitizing is expected.

Planned One Health Clinics in King County

Doney Coe Pet Clinic

  • Trupanion Parking Lot (off 5th)
  • 6100 4th Ave S, Seattle

One Health Clinic

  • North Highlands Neighborhood Center
  • 3000 NE 16th St, Renton

Rainier Animal Fund

  • Beach Veterinary Hospital
  • 9238 Rainier Ave S, Seattle

Regional Animal Services of King County

  • Accesso ShoWare Center Parking Lot
  • 625 West James Street, Kent

Seattle Animal Shelter

  • Partnering with Doney Coe Pet Clinic

Seattle Humane

  • Umpqua Bank Parking Lot
  • 146 W 2nd St, North Bend

For general questions about the partnership, email onehealthclinicseattle@gmail.com or rabiesfreeafrica@wsu.edu.

Rabies Hero was launched to advance public awareness in addressing public health officials’ concern around the country and the world that there could be secondary disease outbreaks in both humans and animals as people missed routine care during COVID-19. By spending September focusing on recommended vaccines for pets, we strive to prevent outbreaks in many communities.

The goals of the coalition are to keep families together and maintain pet health. We are seeing an unprecedented number of people who are out of work. We know that animals provide emotional support to families. By offering the vaccine clinics around the county, we can get pets updated on vaccines and prevent owners from relinquishing them to shelter. This benefits the family as well as animal shelters.