Submitted by FeldmanJ on Tue, 04/04/2023 - 09:07

The Chautauqua County Health Department has announced a free rabies vaccination clinic to be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023. This clinic will take place from 10 am to 12 pm at the Village of Falconer Highway Building at 1 Coleson Drive in Falconer, N.Y.  The clinic will be a drive-in clinic and animals must be pre-registered to receive vaccinations.  Vaccinations will be provided free of charge to all dogs, cats, and domesticated ferrets three months of age and older.

Distemper shots and/or microchips will also be available, at no cost. #VaccinatedandLoved

The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) and the Chautauqua County Health Department (CCHD) will co-sponsor the event.

You must pre-register online at: https://on.ny.gov/3ZvA1SH.

There are a limited number of spots available at the clinic, so pet owners should pre-register online as soon as possible.  If you register but decide not to attend the event, please cancel your appointment so the spot is available for another pet.  You can cancel appointments via the confirmation email you receive when you register or call CCHD at (716) 753-4567.  Walk-ins may not be accepted.

At the clinic, vehicles will enter from South Work St. onto Coleson Dr. near the front of Tops Markets.  Pet owners will stay in their vehicles with their pets. 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. All cats must be in a carrier. Animal handlers will transport animals from the vehicle to the veterinarian for vaccination.

New York State Public Health Law requires each dog, cat, and domesticated ferret over the age of four months to be vaccinated against rabies. 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 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 www.chqgov.com/environmental-health/rabies-prevention or contact the Chautauqua County Health Department at (716) 753-4481.

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