Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas

Hill County Paw Pals Volunteers Continue with Their Community Service


Hill County Paw Pals, the grass roots group organized to help install a county-level animal shelter and animal control program, recently hosted their 25th Low Cost Sterilization and Vaccination Clinic in collaboration with Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) (a Denton based non-profit group).  Low cost pet sterilization service is a vital part in Paw Pals’ proactive strategy to correct pet overpopulation.  In fact, no community has ever corrected their pet overpopulation issue without low cost services made available.  These clinics continue to be performed on the first Tuesday of each month at the Hillsboro Civic Center (old Wal-Mart Building).  Appointments are needed for surgeries by calling toll free 1-866-310-PETS.  Vaccinations are administered from 10am-2pm and do not require an appointment.  The following Paw Pals volunteers worked to make last week’s event another success: Cleo Davis, Andrea Finch, Dana Fuchs, Anita Gilley, Jane Green, Mary Ann Johnson, Jean & “JD” Landis, Kathy Moore, Diana Prince, Lea Slocum, Lonnie Tilson, and Lorie Welch.  Hill County is thankful for the support given by the City of Hillsboro for the use of the Civic Center to perform this needed service.

Hill County is designated as a rabies quarantine county (meaning the rabies virus is present in our county), yet it is estimated that up to 20,000 dogs and cats living with families in Hill County are unvaccinated or not current for the rabies virus vaccination.  This is a great health risk for our children and families.  Texas Rabies Control Act states that every pet over 4 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies.  Violation of this law is a Class C Misdemeanor with a fine up to $500.  Paw Pals encourages pet owners to visit their local veterinarian for their pet’s health care.  To help correct the non-compliance mandatory rabies control law, Paw Pals has organized a Rabies Vaccination Clinic in conjunction with their Adoption Day scheduled April 7th at Tractor Supply in Hillsboro.  The Veterinary Technician Program from McLennan Community College will host the rabies vaccination clinic.  Rabies vaccinations will be administered from 12-2pm.  If you would like to help with Paw Pals’ endeavors to correct pet overpopulation in our great county, please contact us either by letter, phone, or email as listed below.