Oswego County Health Department Announces Changes to Rabies Clinic Schedule

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Health Department today (April 9) announced changes to the 2015 rabies clinic schedule.

The clinic scheduled for July 8 at the Parish Highway Garage has been re-located to the Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department on State Route 13 on July 8.

The clinic scheduled for Sept. 9 will be held at the Granby Town Highway Garage, 820 County Route 8.

That location had not been finalized when the clinic schedule was announced in March.

The new schedule is:

– Pulaski: May 6, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road. (County Route 2A bridge is closed for construction; use alternate route through village of Pulaski or Pineville.)

– West Monroe: June 3, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Highway Garage, 46 County Route 11.

– Williamstown: July 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department, State Route 13. (Note change in location.)

– Volney: Aug. 5, 6 to 8 p.m., Bristol Hill Landfill, state Route 3.

– Granby: Sept. 9, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Highway Garage, 820 County Route 8. (New location.)

– Pulaski: Oct. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Road.

– Scriba: Nov. 4, 6 to 8 p.m., County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Drive.

“The rabies virus continues to be active across Oswego County,” said Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County public health director. “The rabies virus can infect any mammal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported each year occur with wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. These wild animals are far more likely to encounter our pets.  By immunizing our pets we can very effectively reduce the risk of human exposures to rabies.”

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

The first rabies vaccine should be given at three 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 pet’s last rabies vaccination certificate to the clinic.

The health department suggests a $7 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 department’s answering service at 341-0086.