Modified: January 27, 2017 4:17pm
From the Office of the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Gale R. Burstein
Date: January 27, 2017
CONTACT: Mary C. St. Mary/Mary.StMary@Erie.Gov
Phone: 716.858.4941/ Mobile: 716.253.3925
Successful Rabies Clinic in North Buffalo
Total of 554 Cats, Dogs & Ferrets Received Vaccinations
ERIE COUNTY, NY— Wednesday afternoon, January 25th saw a steady stream of Erie County residents bringing 554 furry family members to the North Buffalo Community Center to take advantage of free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets.
Along with assistance from the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, the Medaille College Veterinary Technology program and the SPCA serving Erie County, six free rabies vaccination clinics are offered to the public annually. The next two clinics will occur in the afternoon in May: May 17th and 24th. Locations will be shared on Erie County’s website (www.erie.gov ) and on the Health Department’s Facebook and Twitter feeds once finalized.
“Rabies remains a very serious disease as it is nearly always fatal once symptoms are evident” stated Dr. Gale R. Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health. “It is still a serious Public Health concern worldwide where rabies vaccination programs either are not effective or do not exist. Our Vector Control team is to be commended for their tireless efforts at our efficient and highly productive rabies clinics.”
Joan L Meehan was a volunteer at this clinic and commented: “It was extremely organized and everyone was SO nice and helpful. The dog owners were so appreciative of this service. Great job Erie County Department of Health!” These joint efforts help ensure the health and safety of pet dogs, cats and ferrets in Erie County and owner compliance with New York State law requiring rabies vaccinations for all cats, dogs and domesticated ferrets no later than four months after birth.
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