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9/25/12: Poloncarz: Free Rabies Clinics Wrap Up Record Setting Year


5,680 Total Vaccinations in 2012 Represents Highest Number Recorded in Past Decade

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz noted the record-setting 2012 attendance at the six rabies clinics offered by Erie County. The total of 5,680 animals vaccinated at the clinics is the highest number for any one year in the past ten years, and was bolstered by the largest one-day turnout on record, with 1,369 animals vaccinated on September 19, 2012, the final clinic of the year.

“These numbers are another indication of how vital this program is, and how much it is appreciated by residents,” said Poloncarz. “The two best-attended clinics in history both happened this year, with 1,300 vaccinations on May 30th and 1,369 vaccinations on September 19th; the other four clinics this year were also very well-attended. I applaud the great work done by the Erie County Health Department and their clinic partners, whose professionalism, efficiency, and ability to perform under pressure resulted in positive outcomes for thousands of pets and their owners.”

The six clinics this year were conducted by the County Department of Health in association with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society and the SPCA Serving Erie County, and provided free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats, and ferrets. Clinics were held in Buffalo, Springville, Tonawanda, Clarence, and West Seneca, giving residents across Erie County an opportunity to attend a clinic at a location that was most convenient for them.

Clinic Results by Date and Location:

  • January 31, 2012             North Buffalo Community Center                    505 animals vaccinated
  • May 22, 2012                     Springville Fire Company                                   698 animals vaccinated
  • May 30, 2012                     American Legion Post #1041 (Buffalo)         1,300 animals vaccinated
  • September 5, 2012          SPCA (Ensminger Rd., Tonawanda)                 1,175 animals vaccinated
  • September 12, 2012        Clarence Highway Garage                                    633 animals vaccinated
  • September 19, 2012        West Seneca Highway Garage                             1,369 animals vaccinated