DHHS Announces Two Upcoming Animal Rabies Immunization Clinics

Submitted by gallagha on Mon, 05/09/2022 - 14:14

Drive-in Rabies Immunization Clinic Scheduled for May 21 in Poland and June 4 in Westfield

Pre-Registration for these Drive-in Rabies Clinics are Required


Pictured above, a veterinarian administering a vaccination.


MAYVILLE, N.Y.: -- The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (CCDHHS) Division of Public Health has announced two free rabies vaccination clinics. The first clinic will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Town of Poland Highway Department at 533 Grubb Hill in Kennedy, NY. The second clinic will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Town of Westfield Highway Department at 118 Chestnut St. in Westfield, N.Y. 


These clinics will be drive-in clinics 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.


The Town of Poland, along with the Chautauqua County Division of Public Health will co-sponsor the Poland clinic. Dr. Mary Fales will be the attending veterinarian. To pre-register online for the Town of Poland clinic visit: https://on.ny.gov/389SaBd


The Town of Westfield, Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, along with the Chautauqua County Division of Public Health will co-sponsor the Westfield clinic. Dr. Katie Ball will be the attending veterinarian. To pre-register online for the Town of Westfield clinic visit: https://on.ny.gov/36hdtzK


There are a limited number of spots available at these clinics, 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 CCDHHS at (716) 753-4567.  Walk-ins may not be accepted.


At the clinics, vehicles will enter location and will follow the established traffic pattern on-site.  Pet owners will stay in their vehicles with their pets, unless otherwise instructed. 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 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 https://chqgov.com/environmental-health/rabies-prevention or contact the Division of Public Health at (716) 753-4481.


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