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PAWS Chicago Bringing Free Pet And COVID-19 Vaccinations To Back Of The Yards This Weekend

The free vaccinations will be available for residents and pets of Back of the Yards, Englewood, West Englewood and Woodlawn on Saturday.

PAWS Chicago plans to adminsiter hundreds of vaccines during Saturday's event.
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BACK OF THE YARDS — PAWS Chicago is coming to the South Side this weekend with its PAWS For Life Back of the Yards Community Day.

Residents from Back of the Yards, Englewood, West Englewood and Woodlawn can have their pets vaccinated for free 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Seward Elementary parking lot, 4600 S. Hermitage Ave. The city’s largest no-kill shelter hopes to administer as many as 400 rabies and distemper vaccines during the event, PAWS leaders said in a statement.

Volunteers will provide information on the shelter’s spay and neuter services and answer questions about behavioral and medical concerns. Pet owners who sign up for free spay and neutering services will receive follow-up correspondence after the event. 

The event is part of PAWS Chicago’s efforts to bring more of its services to South Side communities like Back of the Yards, a neighborhood it calls a “veterinary and pet resource desert.” The shelter does weekly canvassing events in Back of the Yards, Englewood and West Englewood. 

COVID-19 vaccines also will be available at the event, provided through a partnership with Increase the Peace and La Casa Norte. There also will be signups for in-home vaccinations. 

Resources for after-school and housing programs will also be offered.

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