DVS Sarawak resumes anti-rabies vaccination, neutering campaign in Serian on Sept 17

Volunteer veterinary professionals performing neutering procedures at the last campaign in Serian in April 2022.

KUCHING, Sept 15: Due to increased demand from Serian pet owners, the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Sarawak is resuming its anti-rabies vaccination, neutering, and pet licensing campaign this Saturday, Sept 17, 2022, beginning at 9am at the Serian Community Hall.

According to a press release, 44 cats and dogs were neutered in April, and over 300 pet dogs were vaccinated against rabies.

This Saturday’s programme is a continuation of the campaign because many more Serian-based pet owners missed the previous instalment and requested another round of vaccination and neutering.

The campaign is organised by DVS Sarawak in collaboration with Sarawak Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA), the Immune Belt Enforcement Team (IBET), and the Serian Council.

“SSPCA has always advocated that vaccination and neutering are humane methods for the eradication of rabies.

“Our association hopes to be able to partner with more local councils to reintroduce the subsidised neutering campaigns.

“We look forward to engaging with more pet owners in Serian and tackle the issue of unplanned pet pregnancies,” said SSPCA president Datin Dona Drury-Wee, in a recent statement.

She said pet ownership is about responsibility towards the animal and their babies.

“Neutering and anti-rabies vaccinations can give you and your pet a better life, free from potential life threatening diseases.

“We are grateful to have our team of volunteer doctors supporting this campaign,” she added.

DVS Sarawak plans to organise and run several more anti-rabies and neutering programmes throughout the year to provide the public with easy access to vaccination, dog licensing, microchipping, and neutering. — DayakDaily