The Humane Society of Southern Arizona hosted another community vaccination clinic last weekend — with free distemper vaccinations in an effort to protect the community’s dogs from the deadly distemper virus.

HSSA officials say that prevention of this disease is so critical the nonprofit has committed to offer free DAPP vaccinations at its regular low-cost vaccination clinics at 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. until the end of July. These limited-capacity clinics are held from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Pet owners' best option is to make an appointment with their regular vet to ensure their dog is up-to-date with his or her shots.

Canine Distemper is a highly contagious and deadly virus that affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous system. The only way to prevent your dog from contracting distemper is to keep his vaccinations up-to-date. Puppies need an initial shot followed by several boosters. HSSA says that adult dogs should get a DAPP shot once a year.

Distemper is deadly, but it is preventable — vaccinate.

For more information or questions visit hssaz.org or call 321-3704, ext. 138.