AUGUSTA — A rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Buker Community Center, Room 17.

The Kennebec Valley Humane Society in partnership the City of Augusta has made this clinic possible.

According to the Maine CDC’s website, in 2016 Kennebec County had 15 cases of rabies, more than any other county in the state. In response to this and in an attempt to keep community members and pets safe, the humane society urges residents to make sure all their animals are up to date on rabies vaccinations and that no people or pets engage or approach wildlife, according to a news release from the society.

“Our goal is to keep people and their pets safe from exposure to this terrible virus,” said Hillary Roberts, executive director or the humane society, according to the release. “With the number of rabies cases we’ve seen in Kennebec County in the past year, it’s so important that people take advantage of rabies vaccinations clinics or visit their local veterinarian to keep their pets up to date on this vaccine.”

Roberts also states that current rabies vaccinations are required in order to license a dog, and all dogs in Maine are required to be licensed under state law.

The cost for the vaccinations will be $15 per animal. All dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in crates.

For more information, contact the Kennebec Valley Humane Society at 626-3491.