Do Animal Shelters Give FREE Shots?

Do animal shelters give free shots? It’s a question that has many pet owners wondering as they search for the best way to keep their furry friends healthy.

The answer is yes, most animal shelters offer free or low-cost vaccinations and other preventive care services.

So, if you are looking for an affordable way to keep your pet healthy, check with your local animal shelter.

They may have just what you need!

What Services Do Animal Shelters Provide?

Animal shelters offer a variety of services for free, or at a lower cost, to help the community.
Animal shelters may offer free or low-cost vaccinations and other pet services. Be sure to call ahead and ask about specific services before heading to your local shelter.

Most animal shelters offer a wide variety of services to the public.

These services may include:

  • Free or low-cost vaccinations for dogs, cats, and other animals
  • Low-cost spay/neuter services
  • Free or low-cost microchipping
  • Licensing for dogs
  • Lost and found services
  • Adoption counseling and support

Some offer education programs on responsible pet ownership, humane treatment of animals, and the importance of spaying/neutering pets.

Spaying or Neutering

If you plan to adopt a dog or cat, most animal shelters also require that all animals be spayed or neutered before being adopted to help reduce pet overpopulation and homeless animals.

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Do Animal Shelters Give Free Shots?

If you’re considering getting a pet, one of the first things you’ll need to do is to take them to the vet for a check-up.

This will usually involve getting them vaccinated against common diseases.

Do Animal Shelters Offer Vaccinations?

Many animal shelters offer low-cost or even free vaccinations for adoptable animals.

So, if you want to add a furry friend to your family, ask about vaccines at your local shelter.

Read More: Do Dog Shelters Do House Calls? See if shelters will come to your home for vet checkups and more!

Vaccines Animal Shelters Typically Offer

Shelters will give your pet the most common and necessary shots including rabies, parvovirus, and bordetella.

Most animal shelters will offer some shots for your new pet. They usually list the different shots they offer and what each shot does.

The most common types of shots offered are:

Bordetella: used to prevent Bordetella bronchiseptica, a highly contagious respiratory disease that can infect dogs and humans.

Canine parvovirus: used to prevent Canine parvovirus, a highly contagious virus that can cause severe gastrointestinal illness in puppies.

Distemper: used to prevent Canine Distemper, a viral disease that affects multiple systems in puppies and young dogs.

Hepatitis: used to prevent Canine adenovirus, a virus that causes respiratory disease, enteritis, and liver disease in dogs.

Leptospirosis: used to prevent leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can infect animals and humans and be deadly if left untreated.

Lyme: used to prevent Lyme disease, a tick-borne bacterial infection that causes arthritis, fever, and fatigue in dogs.

Parainfluenza: used to prevent Parainfluenza virus, a virus that causes respiratory illness in dogs.

Rabies: used to prevent rabies, a viral disease that is fatal to animals and humans.

NOTE: Every shelter is different, so be sure to ask what shots they provide before you adopt.

Watch this video on how important vaccinations for your dog are:

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Animal shelters provide several services to the public, from dog adoptions to providing animal control.

One service that is often overlooked is free shots. Many people don’t realize that their local animal shelter offers this valuable service.

If you have a pet, it’s essential to keep up with their vaccinations and rabies shots.

Not only are these shots important for your pet’s health, but they’re also required by law in some states.

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Jesse Hopping, CCDT

Jesse is a natural-born dog-lover certified dog trainer (CCDT), dog foster, and former volunteer at Richmond SPCA and surrounding dog shelters for over 10 years. Her pack includes a Bernedoodle and 3 Boston Terriers. She’s sipping caramel coffee and watching her pack play in the sun when she’s not writing blogs. Jesse has her Certified Dog Trainer designation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy since 2018 and and majored in English from the University of Virginia.

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