DETROIT -

The Michigan Humane Society will hold one of the largest pet vaccination events in its 135-year history on Saturday, April 21, at the Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit.

The event is planned because of a $10,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Vaccinations against distemper, parvovirus, rabies and other deadly diseases will be available for free for up to 2,000 dogs and cats.

“Pets are often the forgotten victims when families are struggling just to make ends meet,” said Cal Morgan, MHS President and CEO. “Regular vaccinations are vitally important to help protect pets from preventable disease. We’d like to thank the ASPCA and Second Ebenezer Church for their assistance in helping make this event possible and helping MHS keep more families together.”

MHS will be offering the following vaccinations at this event:

 - Rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs over 4 months
 - FVRCP, protecting against feline influenza, calicivirus and distemper for cats over 6 weeks
 - DHLP-P, protecting against distemper, canine hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus for dogs over 6 weeks

This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Second Ebenezer Church, located at 14601 Dequindre Avenue in Detroit.

The event is free for all pet owners and no proof of low or fixed income is necessary. All dogs and cats must be on leashes or in appropriate carriers, and attending pets should be comfortable with being around other animals.

Vaccination services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 2,000 pets in line.

For more information, please call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263).