Animal shelter waits for new batch of vaccines


Volunteers at the Saipan Animal Shelter in Lower Base are still waiting for a new batch of vaccines to be shipped here on the island. The canine parvovirus is one of those treated by the vaccines.

Some pet owners, who went to the Animal Shelter to have their dogs vaccinated, were not accommodated with volunteers telling them that they ran out of vaccines.

It is not yet known when the new shipment will be arriving and that’s why pet owners are advised to get in touch with any Saipan Cares for Animals volunteers or call the Saipan Mayor’s Office, which oversees the operation of the shelter.

Saipan Cares for Animals volunteer Kathy Yuknavage said they are still waiting for the approved and finalized order from Guam veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Landis.

The purchase order is from an account with Hawaii Mega-Cor Inc. through Animal Health International Inc. sales executive Henry Kim.

Yuknavage said once Landis submits the finalized and approved list, they can submit an order at Hawaii Mega-Cor.

“I can’t place the order until it is approved and finalized by SCfA and Dr. Landis. The vaccines are shipped on ice and arrive within three days of shipment,” added Yuknavage.

Aside from vaccines, SCfA also needs several items they regularly use in taking care of stray cats and dogs that were picked up by personnel from the Animal Control Office.

Cat litter, disposable rectangular boxes, canned cat food, towels, old storage bins, dog treats, canned dog food, medium sized collars, dog toys like old socks tied into knots, and dog shampoo are some of the things they need.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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