OTHELLO – Adams County pet rescue operators hope to offer a vaccination and licensing clinic later this year, but when – or if – it happens depends on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Director Kyya Grant said the organization typically sponsors two or three cat spay and neuter clinics during the year. However, vets who provide services to the clinics said these would not be licensed until Phase 4 of the state’s plan to reopen, Grant said. Currently, Adams County is in phase 2 of the reopening plan imposed in January by Governor Jay Inslee. On Monday, qualifying for phases 3 and 4 was not announced.
Grant said the plan is to offer the clinic in 2021, conditions permitting.
“We would definitely love it,” she said.
The vaccination clinic is usually held in the spring in the Othello Town Hall parking lot. Dog owners can purchase a municipal permit, have their dogs vaccinated against parvo and rabies at a reduced price, and have the animal microchipped.
The pandemic has also affected adoption events from shelters. Previously, animals were taken to adoption events, some on the west side of the state. For now, however, people who wish to adopt a dog must report to the shelter.
Grant told Othello city council members at the February 22 meeting that 736 dogs had been adopted in 2020, even though potential owners were due to come to the shelter for most of the year.
Grant said 464 cats were adopted last year, in part thanks to the shelter’s connection with pet supply retailer, PetSmart, and four of its stores in the Puget Sound area. There is a significant demand for cats on the West Side, Grant said, and PetSmart outlets are willing to take as many cats as the ACPR can send them.