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Drive-thru rabies clinics to begin in Madison County

Posted 3/9/22

WAMPSVILLE — The Madison County Health Department’s Rabies Vaccination Clinics will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Madison County Highway Garage, 139 N. Court St. …

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Drive-thru rabies clinics to begin in Madison County

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WAMPSVILLE — The Madison County Health Department’s Rabies Vaccination Clinics will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Madison County Highway Garage, 139 N. Court St.

Rabies clinics are outdoors and participants may either drive or walk-thru, according to the announcement.

Appointments are required, and Madison County residents may schedule their pet’s appointment online at healthymadisoncounty.org. Pets will not be vaccinated without an appointment.

“We look forward to continuing to offer drive-thru clinics that are convenient and less stressful for pets,” said Environmental Health Director Aaron Lazzara.

Pet owners should arrive no more than 10 minutes early for their scheduled appointment time; and pets must be properly restrained using a leash and collar, harness, cage or pet carrier.

Vaccinations are free to Madison County residents. Voluntary donations of $5 per pet are appreciated to help defray clinic costs.

Proof of previous vaccination is required to qualify for a three-year certificate. Proof of previous vaccination may be shown at the clinic or submitted by mail or fax five days after the clinic. Participants will receive pet’s rabies certificates by email.

Public health law requires all dogs, cats and ferrets to be vaccinated by 4 months of age. A second vaccination must be given within one year of the first, and pets must be actively immunized against rabies thereafter. This typically requires a booster vaccination every three years for dogs and cats, and annually for ferrets.

Pet owners who have an unvaccinated pet that comes in contact with a rabid or suspected rabid animal, must choose to either euthanize the pet or place the unvaccinated pet into quarantine for 45 days to six months at the owner’s expense per current public health law.

For assistance with appointment scheduling, call 315-366-2526 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

To view the complete list of Madison County’s rabies clinics go to https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/440/Rabies-Clinics.

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