Hundreds Served at Humane Society of Harford County’s Winter Pet Vaccine Clinic

Dogs, Cats and Ferrets Vaccinated and/or Microchipped

For Immediate Release

Erin Long, Marketing & Development Manager | Humane Society of Harford County
410-836-1090, x106 |


Dr. Melissa Jones and Harford County Animal Control Officer Alix Peterson pause to snuggle with ferrets Noodle and Truffle.

Fallston, MD (February 15, 2024) – Irish setters and pit bulls, Chihuahuas and beagles, cats in carriers and even two ferrets were among the 365 animals that came out to a public pet vaccination clinic hosted by the Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC) in partnership with the Harford County Health Department on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at the Fallston Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Company on Carrs Mill Road in Fallston. Vaccines, nail trims and microchips were given to 269 dogs, 94 cats and 2 ferrets over a 4-hour timeframe.

“This was just our third clinic, but was by far the largest one yet,” said Bob Citrullo, executive director at HSHC. “All of the pet owners we talked to were grateful to see us and thankful for discounted preventative care. We gave 282 rabies vaccines, 212 distemper shots, 147 Bordetella vaccines, and implanted 55 microchips. We also welcomed special guest, Heart to Heart Mobile Pet Care, who gave nail trims to 45 pets.”

One pet owner remarked on social media: “Thank you for having this!! It helps a lot to get affordable vaccines!” Another said: “So thankful for this event.” And yet another remarked: “What an amazing service to the community!” Following an anxious dog’s nail trim, his owner wrote: “He was so happy when it was done and gave them a big ole sloppy kiss!!”

A cat waits in line to receive vaccinations at a clinic held Feb. 10 in Fallston.

Since it began hosting clinics last August, HSHC has seen 865 pets for care vaccines like rabies and distemper, microchips or a combination of both.

“We get calls every day from pet owners who just need a little help,” Citrullo added. “These clinics offer caring, compassionate resources to help keep pets and people together.”

The Humane Society of Harford County is planning to host another clinic this spring on a date to be determined. Visit for updates.

About the Humane Society of Harford County
The Humane Society of Harford County, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the welfare and well-being of the approximately 2,500 animals that arrive each year. HSHC promotes the kind treatment of homeless, stray and abandoned animals by providing shelter, care, adoptions, and community education. HSHC is not a county agency nor is it affiliated with any national or regional organization. Tax-deductible donations, bequests, and proceeds from events are crucial to its life-saving efforts on behalf of the animals in the community.