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Taipei City launches anti-rabies vaccination campaign for pets

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei Animal Protection Office yesterday kicked off a vaccination campaign against rabies for pets raised in mountainous boroughs, with over 100 dogs and cats vaccinated during the first day, according to the office.

The office yesterday readied 200 doses of rabies vaccine for the first batch of pet cats and dogs raised in mountainous boroughs in Wenshan District, Taipei City. More than 100 dogs and cats received the vaccination.

Animal protection officials said the city government has made it a regular annual task to vaccinate pet cats and dogs against rabies, in line with the central government's efforts against epidemics. So far, no such rabies cases have been reported in Taipei.

The animal protection office will join forces with the Taipei Veterinary Medical Association to complete free anti-rabies vaccinations on pet dogs and cats raised in mountainous boroughs in the five districts of Shihlin, Beitou, Wenshan, Neihu and Nangang.

Officials called for residents not to abandon pet animals and not to touch wild animals, as well as having their pets vaccinated against rabies annually, so as to reduce the risk of their animals being infected with rabies.

The officials continued that all 232 veterinary hospitals in Taipei are offering the anti-rabies vaccination service at a cost of NT$200 per dose. They reminded city residents to take their pets to nearby veterinary hospitals for regular vaccinations.

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