When it comes to fighting rabies, prevention is essential. This starts with the animal owner.
“Ensuring your family’s pet is properly vaccinated prior to possible exposure is critical to protecting yourself, your pet, and your community from rabies,” said Dr. Irina Gelman, Orange County’s Commissioner of Health. “When the family dog or cat is unvaccinated and exposed to rabies it can threaten the lives of all family members.”
The Department of Health, in cooperation with the Town of Deerpark, will be holding a free animal rabies vaccination clinic from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Huguenot Firehouse, 431 Route 209, Huguenot.
The clinic is open to the cats, dogs, and ferrets of Orange County residents only. All pets must be restrained by leash or carrier and proof of prior vaccination should be brought to the clinic for the three-year shot. Be aware that ferret shots are only good for one year regardless of prior proof of vaccinations.
“Getting your pets vaccinated is the best way to protect your family against rabies,” Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said. “These clinics are very popular and I’m looking forward to pet owners taking advantage of this free service.”
For more information regarding rabies, please call the Orange County Department of Health Environmental Division at 845-291-2331.