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

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

Date: March 27, 2018                              

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 2018 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 2017, 4,496 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 2018. 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.”

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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 and their families 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.” Unfortunately, despite owners’ best efforts indoor cats occasionally escape to explore the great outdoors where they are at high risk.






May 23rd

4—7 PM

Broadway Market Parking Ramp

999 Broadway Buffalo 14212



May 30th

4—7 PM

SUNY Erie—South Campus

4041 Southwestern Blvd., Building #7, Orchard Park 14127



Sept. 12th

4—7 PM

SUNY Erie—North Campus, Noonan Center

6205 Main St., Williamsville 14221



Sept. 18th

4—7 PM

Springville Volunteer Fire Company

405 W. Main St., Springville 14141



Sept. 26th

4—7 PM

Erie County Emergency Services Training & Operations Center

3359 Broadway (near Union Rd.) Cheektowaga 14227


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Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

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