DHHS Announces Upcoming Animal Rabies Immunization Clinic

A veterinarian administering a vaccination.

Rabies Immunization Clinic Scheduled for August 19 in Ellington

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Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health has announced a free rabies vaccination clinic will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2021 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Town of Ellington Highway Garage on E. Main St. (Route 62) in Kennedy, N.Y.

Vaccinations will be provided free of charge to all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets three months of age and older.

The Town of Ellington will sponsor the event. Dr. Mary Fales will be the attending veterinarian.

Unvaccinated people must wear facemasks. Please follow all COVID and social distancing measures established by the Town of Ellington. Pet owners must bring previous rabies vaccination records for each animal receiving a shot to ensure proper and effective vaccination; clinic staff will confirm previous rabies vaccination records. All dogs must be on a leash (small dogs may be in a carrier). All cats must be in carriers.
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. Pets are able to receive the rabies vaccine when they are 3 months of age.

Rabies is a very serious disease of warm-blooded animals caused by a virus. Raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes are 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 clinic and rabies in general, visit https://chqgov.com/environmentalhealth/rabies-prevention or contact the Division of Public Health at (716) 753-4481.