The volume of cars that showed up last Saturday for the Vaccine/Microchip Clinic held at Yucaipa Animal Placement Society was unprecedented. YAPS had eight staff members, six volunteers and two veterinarians that volunteered their time for the event. A total of 65 vehicles were lined up on both sides of Thunderbird Way before the clinic started at 10 a.m.
By 11:30 a.m., the parking lot across from YAPS was filled with vehicles waiting and traffic had backed up onto Yucaipa Boulevard. Yucaipa Police Department was sent out to investigate and possibly help, but the number of people that showed up was simply too many to accommodate without causing a major traffic jam. Yucaipa police asked that Yucaipa Boulevard remain free of traffic, so many vehicles were turned away. YAPS stayed open three hours after the official closing time of the event to take care of all the pets that were in line before the cut off point.
Just under 400 vaccines were given on Saturday and roughly 140 free microchips. At past YAPS vaccine clinics, it is typical for 120 to 150 vaccines to be given and roughly 20 microchips. This time, the response was overwhelming and nothing could have prepared YAPS for this type of turn out.
“We had planned for both sides of Thunderbird Way to host the line. We thought that would be plenty of space. We never expected traffic to end up on Yucaipa Boulevard all the way down to 11th Street,” said YAPS Director Annette Florez.
YAPS will offer $10 vaccines and free microchips (while supplies last) by appointment through the month of February. The canine vaccines being offered are DA2PPV and Bordatella and for felines FVRCP. The rabies vaccine must be administered by a licensed veterinarian and YAPS does not have one on site.
“We want to continue to serve the community, now that we know there is a real need,” said Florez. “Had we offered appointments on Saturday, we would have vaccinated/microchipped six to 10 pets per hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. We knew we could do more than that but never expected a steady flow of hundreds of people. We have learned from this experience and will change the way we offer future clinics.”
Call YAPS at 1-909-790-1440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.