LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) – With the Kurth memorial Pet Shelter believing a stray dog caused an outbreak of canine distemper at the shelter which has caused multiple dogs to be euthanized, more cases could be found in strays around the city due to the contagiousness of the disease.

Wendy’s Misfits Animal Rescue and Blue Collar Mutts Rescue are looking to help the community keep their furry family members safe with vaccines being administered at the particular Angelina County Farmers Market this Saturday.

“It’s for the general community to come in and get their dogs vaccinated free of charge, ” Roxie Little, President of Wendy’s Misfits said.

With Distemper cases rising, they’ll look to expand their own operations to give people somewhere to go every week to get the free vaccines.

“Since the break out happened we want in order to offer the service more to the general public so we’re going in order to be doing vaccine clinics somewhere inside Lufkin every weekend with regard to the next three to six weeks or so, ” Little stated.

She knows that vaccines aren’t cheap, with one round of vaccines costing a pet owner close to $70.

“With puppies you need four rounds associated with vaccine before your puppy is completely protected from parvo distemper, ” Little mentioned.

After the holidays, many new owners might need in order to get their particular new pet protected, and Lynn Bryan, co-owner of the Angelina Farmer’s Market, getting them vaccinated should always be a top priority.

“Get them vaccinated, ” Bryan said. “Very important. There’s a lot that comes with taking care of a dog properly. ”

Canine distemper isn’t curable, with many dogs dying when infected. Those that survive are usually left along with neurological disorders that plague them for the rest of their life.

Preventing your pet from catching the disease is the best way to battle it according to Little.

“Vaccination is usually the best policy for parvo and distemper, ” Little said.

The clinic this particular Sat., Jan. 7, will be held from 9 a. m. until 2 p. m. at the farmers market which is located at 2107 N. Medford Drive in Lufkin.

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