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Wash. Humane Society offering low-cost vaccinations

Saturday - 7/2/2011, 9:57am  ET

WASHINGTON - Shelter workers were heartbroken this week when they had to euthanize up to 80 cats after a deadly virus, which cats are normally vaccinated for, was detected in a Fairfax County shelter.

The virus, thought to be a virulent strain of Calicvirus, was introduced to the shelter by cats brought in from a hoarder.

For just $10, the Washington Humane Society offers vaccines for cats and dogs, and they stress the Feline Distemper Vaccine (FVRCP) can protect against the deadly calicivrius.

The Washington Humane Society's walk-in clinic is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will start offering Saturday services beginning on July 16.

The clinic is located at 1001 L St., SE, Washington, D.C. You can find more information at their website or by calling 202 882 5837.

The clinic also offers flea and tick treatment, dewormer and micro-chipping services.

WTOP's Kate Ryan contributed to this report. Follow Kate and WTOP on Twitter.

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