Animal Services to offer free vaccines for dogs after parvo outbreak

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Winnebago County Animal Services (WCAS) is offering a hundred dogs vaccinations at no cost this weekend following an outbreak of parvovirus last month.

Dogs at least six weeks old can receive free parvo boosters at the Northwest Community Center Saturday morning.

Last month, WCAS said two shelter dogs tested positive for the potentially fatal virus.

Since then, they’ve urged pet owners to get their dogs tested for parvo.

Stephanie Hicks is with CARE for PETS. She and other animal advocate groups formed "The Alliance" task force, which aims to reduce euthanasia rates in Winnebago County.

Hicks says she hopes this event can reach local pet owners with unvaccinated dogs to keep the potentially deadly virus away.

“We definitely encourage everybody to come out,” Hicks said. “It is a deadly disease. It is suffering. If your dog has any vomiting, diarrhea or lethargy, definitely get them to a vet because those are parvo symptoms."

Hicks says dogs who receive a parvo booster will need two additional vaccines in the future.

She says people can show up at 10 a.m. at 1325 N. Johnston Ave. in Rockford.

It’s on a first-come-first-serve basis.