Friends of Animals will host its low cost annual Rabies Vaccination and Distemper Clinic from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 18 at Memorial Hall, Jim Thorpe.

Dr. Karen Hess of Dr. Karen's Critter Care, Allentown will be the veterinarian in charge.

The clinic will also offer low cost testing for heart worm, distemper, Lyme disease, feline leukemia/AIDS and microchipping.

All mammals are susceptible to the rabies virus.

Suzy Yaich of Carbon County Friends of Animals said the different services are being offered to help owners who face giving up their pets due to the high cost of veterinarian care. Yaich said that the heart worm testing takes only minutes and that low cost heart worm medication will be available for purchase at the clinic.

All dogs must be leashed and cats must be caged (no exceptions).

Pennsylvania law requires that all dogs and household cats be vaccinated at three months of age and the vaccination be kept current throughout the animal's lifetime. If this is your pet's first vaccination, it must be repeated one year later to be effective.

Proceeds from the event will support Carbon County Friends of Animals.

For more information, about the clinic, contact Suzy Yaich at (570) 325-8903.