Hunting Park: Pets Get Yearly Vaccinations for Free

Chad Jimenez stood in line with his akita dog.
Residents gathered in the park to wait for their pets' vaccinations.
Residents gathered in the park to wait for their pets’ vaccinations.

The Humane Society of the United States Pets for Life program recently held a free clinic in Hunting Park. It offered dog and cat vaccines for rabies and other diseases, such as distemper.

From 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., local residents gathered between Ninth Street at Cayuga and Bristol streets with their four-legged pets. No registration was required before the event. This allowed pet owners to freely walk up to the line and sign the necessary documents to have their animals vaccinated.

The two most common vaccines for these animals–distemper and rabies (rabies is required by law)–can usually cost up to $30, according to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which also helped host this event.

Chad Jimenez stood in line with his akita dog.
Chad Jimenez stood in line with his akita dog.

“It’s so expensive to go to a veterinarian and a lot of people don’t have cars either to go to one,” Dawn Collette, a Pets for Life volunteer, said. “A lot of people from the neighborhood walk to come.”

To keep the people in line engaged and entertained, the HSUS offered free food for people and free treats for the pets. While people waited, volunteers like Collette gave people information about animal care, training, and spay and neutering. Collette said this event takes place once a year–last year she said there were approximately 600 animals.

“I never had the money so the SPCA recommended me,” Chad Jimenez said, who brought his two-and-a-half month old akita dog to get vaccinated.

For more information about the HSUS, visit its website.


  1. I want to know when would you be coming to philadelphia for free vaccines for cats and dogs

  2. Can someone tell me when they will be coming back to Philly for the free spay and neuter 2015

  3. I would like to know when are you coming to Philadelphia for the free dog vaccinations

  4. Hi Are You Having Another Free Shots Event Inside Hunting Park ….In September? Thank-You

  5. Hi Can You Please….Let Me Know When and If There’s Going To Be An Event In September? Thank-You, Mary McSorley!

  6. When will Huntington park in Philadelphia be doing the free shots and neutering is it still next saturday

  7. Hello, please provide me with schedule for vaccinations in Philadelphia. Thank you in advance

  8. Hi my name is cristian I found a lost dog in Pennsylvania but I live in New Jersey I hear that their is a free vaccination going on this weekend I wanted to know if I have to be a Pennsylvania resident to go to this.

  9. Hi Cristian,When is your next free vaccination going to take place inside Hunting Park? I was told by a person from the Humane Society that it was going to take place sometime in September! I am very interested in finding out as I saved a Mother Cat n her 5 kittens and needless to say I still have them! Thank-you, Mary McSorley

  10. Hi I rescued a puppy for the streets and I need to know when is the event for free shots and if they will be any vickers for neutering available. …thank you

  11. Hi can u please let me no when u are coming back out to the hunting park this year thank u

  12. Hi I would like to no when r use coming back to hunting park for the free vaccines for pets this year 2016

  13. Hi can u tell us when u are coming back to hunting park for the pets free vaccines thank you

  14. When will you host the event again for the pets this year? It sure will come in handy again.

  15. Hello when will you be doing the free shot s in Hunting Park again. For 2017 I live in northcentrel Philadelphia. I am on a fixed income. My daughter lady Queen needs her shots.please if i missed it please email me where i can take her. To get them i love my baby i want to keep her healthy and strong . thank you Mrs. Bonita Weston

  16. Would like to know when the next vaccinations will take place I am very low income and just recently inquired a puppy who is due for his second parvo shots

  17. I took a very young female kitten home that was being mishandled on the streets of Kensington. I am currently waiting for the decision from my disability hearing and can’t afford to take her to a vet for shots and whatever else is necessary to make sure that she’s healthy. Right now she seems happy and healthy but I know that she needs vet services. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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