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5/15/14: May Dates For Free Rabies Clinics in Erie County


 Free Clinics in Buffalo, Orchard Park for dogs, cats, ferrets

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Two rabies clinics are scheduled in the month of May in Erie County, providing free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets. The upcoming clinics, conducted by the Erie County Department of Health in association with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, the SPCA Serving Erie County, and the Medaille College Veterinary Technology Program, take place on Wednesday, May 21 from 4-7 PM in Buffalo and on Wednesday, May 28 from 4-7 PM in Orchard Park.

“These clinics are one of our most popular services as, at every clinic, hundreds of pet owners take advantage of this free service to protect their pets and their families from rabies. In fact, in 2013 over 4,460 animals were vaccinated countywide through this service,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “Pet owners should also remember that the law requires all dogs and cats in Erie County to get vaccinated against rabies. I would like to thank the Department of Health and their partners for working together to provide this vital service to residents, and I encourage pet owners around the County to check their calendars and plan to bring their pet to a clinic this year.” 

In 2013, 35 animals tested positive for rabies in Erie County, including seventeen bats, nine raccoons, seven skunks, and two foxes. In 2014 to date, eight animals have been found positive for rabies, including three bats, four raccoons, and one skunk. Incidents of rabies typically rise as the weather gets warmer, so vaccination is recommended for all animals that may come into contact with wildlife and for any pets that go outside.

MAY CLINIC DATES & LOCATIONS FOR DOGS, CATS, & FERRETS:

•          Wednesday, May 21, 2014:    4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, American Legion Post #1041, 533 Amherst Street, Buffalo

•          Wednesday, May 28, 2014:    4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Erie Community College (South Campus), 4041 Southwestern Boulevard, Building #7, Orchard Park