The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health has announced the following free rabies vaccination clinics in Chautauqua County:
- Saturday April 8, 2017 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Town of Poland Highway Garage, 533 Grubb Hill Rd., Kennedy, NY. The attending veterinarian will be Dr. Mary Fales and this clinic is sponsored by the Town of Poland.
- Saturday May 13, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Town of Westfield Highway Building, 118 Chestnut St., Westfield, NY. The attending veterinarian will be Dr. Katie Ball and this clinic is sponsored by the Town of Westfield and Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue.
Vaccinations will be provided free of charge to all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets three months of age and older. All pets must be on a leash or in a cage and pet owners should bring rabies vaccination records for each animal that will be receiving a shot to ensure proper and effective vaccination.
New York State Public Health Law requires each dog, cat and domesticated ferret over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies and county residents are encouraged to be responsible pet owners by having their pets vaccinated.
Rabies is a very serious disease of warm-blooded animals caused by a virus. Raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes are the common disease carriers. The virus is transmitted to humans and animals through saliva and it can enter the body from a bite, scratch, scrape or open cut. The rabies virus infects the central nervous system and can cause brain swelling and ultimately death within days of the onset of symptoms.
For more information about the clinics and rabies in general, click here or contact the Division of Public Health at (716) 753-4481.