Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and the Office of the Orange County Health Commissioner, in cooperation with the City of Newburgh, have announced a free pet vaccination clinic for pets of Orange County residents on Saturday, October 24.

According to the press release, Orange County Commissioner of Health, Dr. Eli Avila states that 'Ensuring your family’s pet is properly vaccinated prior to possible exposure is critical to protecting yourself, your family, your pet, and your community from rabies'

On Saturday, October 24, between noon and 3 pm, Orange County residents can bring their cats, dogs and ferrets to the Newburgh Multi-Activity Center at 401 Washington Street for a free animal rabies vaccination clinic. All pets must be restrained by leash or carrier and proof of prior vaccination should be brought to the clinic for the 3-year shot. Pre-registration is required, please call the Newburgh City Clerk at 845-569-7311.

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In the statement from the Office of the Orange County Executive, Dr. Avila also recommends that, in addition to keeping vaccinations current, to help protect against rabies, never touch unfamiliar, wild, or stray animals. Should you be bitten, wash bite wounds with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately. If your pet is bitten, consult your veterinarian right away.

It's never a good idea to adopt wild animals including cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies or bring them into your home. If you find a sick or injured wild animal, it's best to call an animal control person or an animal rescue group so they can take care of everything safely. Making sure that your trash cans are secure is another step to keep you and your family safe.

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