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Vet Service and Pet Id Clinic - Sat., April 26


Murray State University animal health technology and pre-veterinary students and the Humane Society of Calloway County provide free and low cost pet identification and veterinary services to dogs and cats on Saturday, April 26. Proof of current rabies vaccination required for services.


          Murray State University's Animal Health Technology/Pre-veterinary Club and the Humane Society of Calloway County are hosting Animal Health Technology Day and Pet ID Clinic on Sat., April 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Carmen Pavilion. Carmen Pavilion is on College Farm Road directly across from Calloway County High School. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required to receive services on this day.
          Murray State animal health technology and pre-veterinary students will provide free physical exams for dogs and cats under the supervision of licensed veterinarians. Students will perform a heartworm test for dogs for $15 and feline leukemia (FELV) and feline immunodeficiency (FIV) tests for $20. They will bathe pets for $10 each, clean ears & trim nails for $8 and do fecal tests for $10. The spa package of a bath, nail trim and ear cleaning is $15. “The works” for dogs is $35 and for cats is $40. A special package for puppies under six months old is $15 and does not include a heartworm test.
          The Humane Society will microchip dogs and cats for $10 each. A microchip the size of a grain of rice is inserted between the shoulder blades of a dog in a relatively painless and quick procedure. Each microchip transponder has a unique number which enables a shelter or veterinary clinic to scan the animal for this number which will be registered with a national database allowing the owner to be contacted when the pet is found. Local veterinary offices, the animal shelter and Humane Society have scanners to read these microchips, as do most across the country. 
          Custom pet ID tags beginning at $4 each will be engraved on site and there will
be a full line of collars, leashes and harnesses.

First Large Animal Rescue Training in Murray - Ma
y 20-22

          The first Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) training seminar to be conducted at Murray State University's Equine Center will be May 20-22, 2014!

LAT water rescueSeminar Topics Include:
Large animal emergency and disaster preparedness
Basic large animal life support measures
Trailer incident responses
Barn fire prevention

Hands-On Practice:
Recumbent animal manipulation
Vertical lift methods
Mud and water rescue
Night search and rescue

There are two levels of involvement: Participant and Auditor.

Participants (20 slots available):
Attend lectures and demonstrations
Involved in hands-on training
Receive certification for program completion from TLAER
The $425 fee for participants must be made at the time of registration. The fee covers three days and one evening of training, lunch on all three days and dinner before the evening session, the course book and a t-shirt.

Auditors (30-50 slots available):
Observe lectures and demonstrations
Observe, but not participate in, the hands-on training
The $150 fee for auditors must be made at the time of registration. The fee covers three days and one evening of training, lunch on all three days and dinner before the evening session. Auditors may pay additional fees for course book and a t-shirt.

           Upon receipt of registration and confirmation of payment, a participant packet withLAT more information, including hotels in the area, equipment required or recommended and a details agenda will be mailed to you. Fees must be paid by check or money order and will not be refunded after April 1, 2014. Alternate personnel may be substituted if a registered participant or auditor cannot attend.

           Questions about the program can be directed to Shea Poor, PhD, Assistant Professor of Equine Science at Murray State University at or 270-809-6908.

Click here for registration form and flyer with additional details.

           We are extremely fortunate to have this training offered in Murray and hope several of you will be able to attend! Photos are from a previous training held at Eastern Kentucky University. We all hope that this training will lead to the formation of a Large Animal Rescue Team to serve the western portion of Kentucky.

Microchip IDs reunite pets and their families

The Humane Society of Calloway County offers microchip ID clinics for dogs and cats regularly throughout the year, primarily in Calloway County and in adjacent counties upon request. Microchipping is a permanent way to identify an animal and can often lead to the return of the animal to its owner in the unfortunate event that the animal gets separated from its owner.  The cost of the chip, implanting the chip and registration in the national database is only $10.
     The microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice and is injected under the animal’s skin between its shoulder blades.  The life expectancy of the microchip is 25 years. 
     Approximately two dozen Humane Society volunteers are trained on how to inject the microchip and fill out the associated paperwork that accompanies each chip.  The Humane Society has microchipped more than 3000 dogs and cats since the program began in March 2006.
     Statistics indicate that 30% of companion animals will become separated from their owners at some point in their life.  According to Stephanie Hagen, Humane Society coordinator of the microchip program and animal health technologist, “Having a permanent way of identifying the animal is critical because sometimes collars and identification tags will fall off.” 
     The identification number which appears when the pet is scanned is directly linked to the owner of the animal and will give the person scanning the animal enough information to reach the owner. The contact information is kept on file in a national database and can be updated at any time by a phone call or on the Internet.  The microchip used by the Humane Society can be “read” by any scanner used in the United States.
     Humane Society Immediate Past President Tom Rottinghaus said, “The overwhelming majority of animals that enter animal shelters have no identification on them.  It is estimated in Kentucky that 85% of animals that enter animal shelters are euthanized because of overpopulation and not being able to identify the animal’s owner.  We’re trying our best to do something about that and make happy reunions possible for lost pets and their families.”
     For more information on microchip IDs, click here or contact the Humane Society at 270-759-1884 or

2014 Humane Society Events Calendar

April 26, 2014 (Saturday)
ANIMAL HEALTH & PET ID DAY - Animal Health Technology/Pre-Vet Club event  
Carmen Animal Health Technology Building, 8 am - 4 pm, College Farm Road, Murray, Ky.
- MICROCHIP your pets for $10; Click here for details
- VET SERVICES include free physicals for cats & dogs; fecal tests, heartworm tests for dogs and feline leukemia tests for cats, baths, ear cleaning and nail trims at very reasonable rates                                                 
- CUSTOM ID TAGS made while you wait beginning at $4
- Click here to download AHT Day Flier
- Click here for all the details

August 23, 2014 (Saturday)
BARKAID 50 STATES TOUR - returns to Murray
The Hair Studio, 8 am - 8 pm, 901 Sycamore Street, Murray, Ky.
- Mission: Raise awareness for local shelters and organizations that help animals
- Master Hairstylist Patrick Lomantini will be there
- Suggested donation: $20
- Fundraiser for Humane Society of Calloway County
- Email for an appointment after July 15, 2014
- More details to follow

October 5, 2014 (Sunday)
St. John’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, 1620 West Main St., 3 pm, Murray, Ky.
- CELEBRATE Feast Day of St. Francis, 12th century patron saint of animal
- BRING PETS on leashes or in cages to receive blessing
- REFRESHMENTS for pets and people

October 18, 2014 (Saturday)
Central Park Courthouse Pavilion, 11 am - 2 pm, Murray, Ky.
 - GAMES, ACTIVITIES & CONTESTS for dogs and their people
 - REFRESHMENTS for all - canine & human  
 - DEMONSTRATIONS – search & rescue and dog obedience
 - CUSTOM ID TAGS made while you wait starting at $3
 - MICROCHIP your pets for $10
 - More details to come!

November 7, 2014 (Friday)
Calloway County Library Community Room, 10 am - 5 pm  
- Donations accepted all day
- Volunteers welcome           

November 8, 2014 (Saturday)
- Calloway County Library Community Room, 9 am - 2 pm      


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