VOKRA leaves PetSmart


We regret to announce that, effective immediately, VOKRA will no longer be running adoption centres at any PetSmart locations. A recent change in PetSmart's corporate policy requires mandatory rabies vaccinations for cats in all adoption centers across the U.S. and Canada.

Rabies vaccination is not mandatory in the province of British Columbia as the only species that currently carries the disease in BC is bats. Rabies vaccination for cats is unnecessary, increases the risk of injection site fibrosarcoma, and is costly. World-renowned expert, Dr. Jean Dodds, of the Rabies Challenge Fund agrees with us.

For the welfare of our kitties, VOKRA cannot comply with the new Petsmart policy. We are urgently seeking to work with new adoption partners who will respect our position against over-vaccination.

For partnership proposals, please contact rescue@vokra.ca

For more information:

Dr. Jean Dodds, Rabies Challenge Fund Letter of Support

BC Centre for Disease Control Rabies Information

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Rabies Statistics (1998-2012)

Posted by apps2 on January 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

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