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Hometown Animal Rescue offers low-cost pet vaccines

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Vaccine Clinic, Dr. Carithers giving a shot.

A foster volunteer for unwanted dogs, Dianne Jaynes pulled a small terrier mix from Rockdale Animal Care and Control for rehabilitation and eventual adoption. Within five days, the dog died of parvovirus, a highly contagious but preventable disease.

"It just broke my heart," said Jaynes. "That's when we really felt like we needed to attack parvo."

Jaynes decided to establish Hometown Animal Rescue, Inc., or HARI. In existence two years, HARI now provides low-cost vaccines to the public once a month and donates vaccines to Rockdale County Animal Care and Control.

"There's not much of a budget (at Rockdale Animal Control) for vaccines," said Jaynes

The low-cost vaccines are offered to pet owners one Saturday a month, February through November, and shots are $10 a piece. Vaccines include rabies, parvovirus, distemper, bordetella (kennel cough) and feline distemper. Microchipping is also available for $20.

HARI inoculates dogs, cats, rabbits and the occasional ferret, said Jaynes.

Response to the low-cost vaccine program is strong, said Jaynes, with the summer months averaging 120 people bringing pets. Last week's session drew 99 pet owners. The next vaccine clinic is Nov. 19 at Rockdale County Animal Control, 1506 Rockbridge Road in Conyers.

"My volunteers work very hard and most animals get multiple shots," said Jaynes, who added that pet owners should still follow up with a vet visit for heartworm and flea treatment.

The vaccine clinic is open to anyone, regardless of income, and is not restricted to Rockdale County residents.

"It's so rewarding to have an elderly person come up and say 'Thank you, I couldn't take care of my pets (without the clinic).' You know, economic times are hard and they just don't have the money," said Jaynes. "We have people that come back every year."

Jaynes has also visited Rockdale County Public Schools to give pet care presentations and she is helping students implement a Pennies for Puppies program to raise funds for a local low-cost spay and neuter program. Jaynes hopes to implement the program by the spring, providing $35 procedures for dogs and $20 operations for cats.

HARI also provides some foster care for animals, but the services are limited due to lack of volunteers.

The non-profit relies solely on donations and volunteers and is always in need of aid from the public.

"I just get so excited about it all. There is so much potential here in Rockdale to help the animals and people," said Jaynes. "We just love what we do."

HARI is operated by Jaynes and her husband, Jim Jaynes, who are both retired and live in Rockdale County with their two dogs and one cat, all rescues. Before beginning HARI, Jaynes volunteered for the Morgan County Humane Society and For Paw's Sake for several years, providing a foster home for dogs.

"I imagine as long as my husband and I last, (HARI) will keep going," said Jaynes.

HARI will join several other animal rescue organizations on Nov. 11 and 12 for a tent pet adoption and education event in the PetSmart shopping center in Conyers.

For more information about HARI or to view animals available for adoption through HARI, visit

www.adoptapet.com/adoption_rescue/78312.html.