County Health Department Holds Rabies Clinic in West Monroe on June 5

WEST MONROE – The Oswego County Health Department holds a rabies clinic for dogs, cats and pet ferrets from 6 to 8 p.m. June 5 at the West Monroe Town Highway Garage on county Route 11.

New York State law requires that all dogs, cats and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies.

The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age. A second vaccination is required for cats and dogs within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter.

Ferrets need to be vaccinated annually.

In order for pets to receive the 3-year booster shot, owners need to show that the pet was previously vaccinated and should bring their pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.

The health department suggests a $5 donation per animal to help cover the cost of the rabies clinics, but no one will be turned away.

Dogs should be leashed and cats and pet ferrets should be in a cage.

Any time a person or pet comes in physical contact with a bat or wild animal, especially one that appears sick or suspicious-acting, the incident should be immediately reported to the Oswego County Health Department.

To report a possible exposure or for more information about rabies, call the health department at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564 on weekdays.

For emergencies during evening hours, weekends or holidays, call the health department’s answering service at 341-0086.