Dates for May & September Rabies Clinics; Hugely Popular Program Vaccinates Dogs, Cats & Ferrets for Free!

Modified: March 31, 2017 5:11pm

03/31/2017

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PRESS RELEASE

From the Office of the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale R. Burstein 

Date: March 31, 2017                                

CONTACT: Mary C. St. Mary/Mary.StMary@Erie.Gov

Phone: 716.858.4941/ Mobile: 716.253.3925

Dates for May & September Rabies Clinics

Hugely Popular Program Vaccinates Dogs, Cats & Ferrets for Free!

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein are pleased to announce the May and September 2017 dates for five free rabies vaccination clinics offered by the Erie County Department of Health (“ECDOH”).

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“Our free rabies clinics are a great way for Erie County to help protect families and their pets from rabies” said Poloncarz. “In 2016, 4,635 pets were vaccinated countywide through these clinics. I strongly encourage pet owners around the County to take advantage of this valuable and mandated public health initiative.” 

“These vaccinations are an effective way to minimize the spread of rabies from wildlife to pets and humans,” added Burstein. “We are pleased to continue working with our valued rabies clinic partners in 2017. The assistance of the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, the SPCA serving Erie County and the veterinary technology program at Medaille College, are vital partners in order to offer this popular service to our community.”

Burstein continued: “I want to remind Erie County residents that if they or their pets have been exposed to a wild animal, or bitten by a dog or cat, they should contact the Erie County Department of Health at 716-961-6800.”

Residents are cautioned that any pet is at risk of being exposed to a rabid wild animal and that rabies is always fatal in animals. Bats often find their way into homes; and raccoons, fox and skunks have gained entrance through “doggy doors”. Senior Public Health Sanitarian, Peter Tripi added: “Our goal is to have 100% of Erie County pets vaccinated to protect them from rabies. It is important that both “indoor” and “outdoor” cats receive vaccinations as a rabid animal such as a bat could enter your home undetected. In addition, despite owners’ best efforts; indoor cats occasionally escape to explore the great outdoors where they are at great risk.

Date

Time

Location

Wednesday, May 24th

4—7 PM

Town of Tonawanda Highway Garage

450 Woodward Ave (off Military Rd. near Sheridan Dr.)

Tonawanda

Wednesday, May 31st

4—7 PM

Broadway Market, 999 Broadway,

(Parking Ramp in the back) Buffalo

Wednesday, Sept. 13th

4—7 PM

ECC-South Campus, 4041 Southwestern Blvd.,

Building #7, Orchard Park

Wednesday, Sept. 20th

4—7 PM

ECC-North Campus, Noonan Center

Maintenance Garage, 6205 Main St., Williamsville

Wednesday, Sept. 27th

4—7 PM

West Seneca Highway Garage, 39 South Ave., 

(off Union Rd., near Route 400), West Seneca

More Information:

Erie County Department of Health

NY State Department of Health 

 

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