North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi and Johnston Mayor Joe Polisena have announced that the towns have received a $7,500 animal welfare grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, to be used to help residents in the towns with the costs associated with preventative veterinary care of their cats or dogs.

Vaccination clinics will provide rabies vaccinations for pets belonging to town residents this Saturday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., both at Gov. Notte Park Recration Hall, 1801 Governor Notte Park Way.

A voucher for up to $80 will be provided to residents to offset costs of vaccinations. Any fees incurred over and above that amount are to be paid directly by the pet owner.

Pets must be at least three months old to be vaccinated. All cats must be in a pet carrier, and dogs must be on leashes.

The voucher is only valid on the day of the clinic for services provided by Salmon River Mobile Vet. The towns are not responsible for any fees incurred over and above the voucher amount, and are also not responsible for any complications.

Vouchers are for owned pets and not available to rescue or shelter pets. They are available as long as grant funding is available.

Visitors must show valid ID showing they are a resident of either town. Contact Animal Control Officer Ernie Calandra at ernest.calandra@northprovidenceri.gov for more.

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