OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego County Health Department will hold eight rabies clinics this year at several locations.
The first clinic will be April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the County DPW Garage on State Route 104 East, Scriba.
New York State law requires that all cats, dogs, and pet ferrets be vaccinated against rabies.
The first rabies vaccine should be given no later than four months of age.
A second vaccination is required within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter.
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 petâ€™s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.
Clinics will be held at these locations:
Scriba: April 28, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, Route 104 East.
Parish: May 19, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, Dill Pickle Alley.
Hannibal: June 9, 6 to 8 p.m., Hannibal Town Highway Garage, Cemetery Drive.
Pulaski: July 14, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, County Route 2A.
Volney: Aug. 4, 6 to 8 p.m., Bristol Hill Landfill, State Route 3.
Pulaski: Sept. 8, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, County Route 2A.
Williamstown: Oct. 6, 6 to 8 p.m., Fire Barn, State Route 13.
Scriba: Nov. 3, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, Route 104 East.
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 a sick or suspicious-acting animal, the incident should be immediately reported to the County Health Department.
To report a possible exposure, or for more information about rabies, call the Health Department weekdays at 349-3564 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3564.
In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the health departmentâ€™s answering service at 341-0086.