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Posted on: May 11, 2022

Free Rabies Clinic - 6/4/22

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ELMIRA - The Chemung County Health Department, in conjunction with the SPCA, will be offering the following free rabies vaccination clinic to New York State residents:

Horseheads Town Hall

150 Wygant Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845
Saturday, June 4, 2022
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Pre-Registration is required. The link for pre-registration can be found on Chemung County Department’s website (www.chemungcountyny.gov/rabies) and on the Health Department’s Facebook page.   Please arrive at your designated appointment time.

Cats, dogs, and ferrets, three months of age or older, must be on a leash or in a carrier and under the control of a responsible adult.  Erin Walmsley, Supervising Public Health Sanitarian with the Chemung County Health Department, reminds dog and cat owners to bring proof of previous rabies vaccination if they wish to receive a three-year certificate for their pets.

To assure the smooth operation of the clinics, Ms. Walmsley recommends that owners have one adult per pet. Dog owners should also come prepared to clean up after their animals should accidents occur.  Cat owners lacking carriers should talk to clinic staff before removing their animals from their vehicles.  

The NYS Sanitary Code and Public Health Law require that all cats, dogs, and ferrets (four months of age or older) be vaccinated to prevent rabies.  Please be aware that pet owners who do not comply with NYS Public Health Law rabies vaccination requirements may be subject to a fine of up to $200.  Free rabies clinics are provided at least every four months throughout the year so that there should be no excuse for a pet owner not to get their pet vaccinated.  Residents are urged to take advantage of these free clinics to be responsible pet owners and to avoid being in violation of the law.

If special assistance is needed at the clinic, please call 737-2019 to register a few days prior to the clinic.

For more information, call the Chemung County Health Department at 737-2019 or EHS@chemungcountyny.gov.

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