Dozens of dogs vaccinated during TAHS clinic

MAUMEE, Ohio (WTVG) - Deanne Mathews didn't want to waste any time and was first in line to vaccinate her three dogs against the canine flu.

"I wasn't too worried until, you know, they found it in Toledo," Mathews said at Friday's clinic. "I decided to go ahead and vaccinate."

Behind her, cars wrapped around the parking lot and eventually filled up the lawn in front of the Toledo Area Humane Society in Maumee.

Phil Padilla also made the trip. He says his 6-year-old dog, Buddy, has never received a flu vaccination, but he figured now was the perfect time.

"I just will do anything for our pets," he said. "He's just part of the family."

For two hours, dog after dog was immunized during the drive-thru clinic. Veterinarians examined the dogs and administered the shot right in the parking lot.

"We don't want people standing around with their dogs, nose to nose, so, just for peace of mind, we're doing the vaccinations and the exams while they're in the car," Steve Heaven, president and CEO of the Toledo Area Humane Society, said.

Heaven says the H3N2 strain can cause some serious problems. In fact, the organization has already vaccinated the dogs up for adoption and will not allow family dogs into the building, at least for now.

"It can be devastating," he said. "I've been at a shelter where we had an outbreak and it is very hard to deal with."

The hope is to give the shot to as many dogs as possible to keep the virus as bay. By the looks of it, the Toledo area is on the right track.

"We just feel he also has to be vaccinated and prevented from any illnesses," Padilla said.

There will be two more opportunities for dogs to get the vaccine at the humane society. Saturday October 28, 2017 and Saturday November 4, 2017 from noon until 2. The cost is $25.