HAZEL PARK (CBS Detroit) – In these challenging economic times, it can be tough to keep up on the care of your beloved pet.

To help keep metro Detroiters’ furry friends healthy, and families together, the Michigan Humane Society will be holding its 23rd annual series of “Protect-A-Pet” clinics in Hazel Park and Detroit.

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These outdoor clinics will provide low-cost vaccinations and microchipping for healthy dogs and cats 6 weeks of age and older. The first clinic will take place on Saturday, April 13 at Landmark Community Church in Hazel Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  All visitors are not required to have a proof of low-income and there are no residency restrictions.

Age-appropriate vaccinations that protect pets against distemper, parvovirus, rabies, and other deadly diseases will be provided for $5 per vaccination.  Guests can microchip their animals at a discounted rate of $10 per dog or cat. Dog license vouchers, which are redeemable at Detroit Animal Control, will also be available at a reduced rate for Detroit residents.  They will be $10 for an unsterilized pet and $5 for a sterilized pet.

To receive these services, dogs and cats must be healthy; not pregnant; and have no previous vaccine reactions such as vomiting, swelling, hives, or fainting.

For those who can’t make the April date, future clincs will be held on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

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•May 4: Clark Park in Detroit, south of Vernor on the Scotten side of the park

•June 1: Balduck Park in Detroit, 4 blocks south of Moross

•June 22: Palmer Park in Detroit, 7 Mile Road and Woodward Ave

•July 13: Stoepel #1 Park in Detroit, south of Outer Drive and east of Evergreen

Services are limited to 1,000 animals per clinic on a first come, first served basis.  Animals must be on leashes or in carriers and payment will be accepted in cash only.

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For more information, visit www.michiganhumane.org or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.