Springfield organization offers free pet vaccination clinic

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — On Saturday, a local animal organization made sure pet owners in Western Massachusetts had access to vaccines for their pets.

The nonprofit Second Chance in Springfield has helped pet owners get the preventative care their pets need.

“It’s like your kids, and they should have doctor’s appointments like your kids. You see something is wrong, you do something,” said Sara Gasparrini of the Second Chance Organization.

According to Second Chance, about 30% of pet parents don’t take their pet to a veterinarian each year for preventative care.

During this clinic and others scheduled for the rest of the year, Second Chance is making rabies and distemper vaccines free and accessible to ensure the health and well-being of pets. Distemper vaccines can prevent parvovirus and distemper in dogs and panleukopenia in cats.

Second Chance Vets say the most common deadly diseases affecting pets can be prevented with a vaccine.

Veterinarian Dr Kathlyn Clark spoke to 22News about some dangers of unvaccinated pets. “Especially right now, I’ve heard that there’s a big outbreak of Parvo in the Springfield area. With unvaccinated and under-vaccinated pets, it can lead to significant expense with hospitalization and even the dead.

Whenever you can, make sure the pets you love get the care they need. You can learn more about Second Chance, their vaccination clinics, and other resources by going to their website.

Aubrey L. Morgan