Dozens of local and area residents turned out to take advantage of a low-cost pet vaccination event held Saturday at the Lampo Center in Neosho.

Dozens of local and area residents turned out to take advantage of a low-cost pet vaccination event held Saturday at the Lampo Center in Neosho.  
Sponsored by the City of Neosho and the Pet Clinic of Neosho, the event brought out many pet owners with their dogs and cats in tow.
The large turnout pleased Neosho Animal Control Officer Brett Fox.
"I got here about 8:30 a.m," he said. "The parking lot was already full."
The line of pet owners waiting to sign up and pay the nominal fees stretched the length of the Lampo Center and curved around.
Dogs of numerous breeds ranging from small to very large were brought on leases while cats arrived in carriers. Some families had more than one pet to get vaccinated, licensed, or micro-chipped.
While the cats were overall calm and quiet, some of the dogs were more vocal. Barking rang during the  event but the pets were on their best behavior.
Dr. Kent Findley, DVM, from the Pet Clinic of Neosho, was on hand to provide the low-cost vaccinations. Rabies shots were offered for $6 while distemper-parvo shots for canines were $12 and Bordetella injections were $9 with a nasal version provided for $7. FVRCP shots for cats were $7 and feline leukemia shots were $14.
Representatives from Faithful Friends Animal Advocates of Neosho were also present, offering micro-chipping for dogs or cats for $20. A table was also set up where Neosho residents could purchase city pet licenses.
Fox explained the importance of pets who live within the city having both a license and to be micro-chipped. When pets wearing a Neosho license tag are picked up, he knows that they have an owner and it can be easier to reunite the pet with their family. Micro-chipping is also a good way to get pets back home but the animals won't be scanned to check for a microchip until they reach a shelter.
"There are some dogs (here) I've dealt with," Fox said. "I've very glad to see them coming in."
Pet owners followed the line to register for the event. The next stop was the vaccination table. The next option was micro-chipping and getting a city pet license for pet owners who live within the city limits of Neosho.
According to Fox, a total of 170 rabies vaccinations were made on Saturday, bringing the total number of vaccinations to 300. 17 pets received micro-chips from Faithful Friends and 30 city pet licenses were also purchased. "We had a very good turnout," Fox stated.
All pets who live in Neosho for more than 30 days are required to have both a rabies shot and a city tag.
Animal Control Officer Brett Fox can be reached at 389-8012 or by emailing bfox@neoshomo.org.