You love your pets, that simply goes without saying. As a great pet owner, you want to do whatever you can to make sure that your pet stays healthy and safe. What people forget about taking care of a pet is that it is very expensive. Yes it is super easy to give them love and sit with them on the couch, but the food and care prices are constantly increasing.

There is another great opportunity to keep your pets healthy and save on the cost of those necessary vaccinations with an upcoming rabies vaccination clinic. When will this clinic be taking place? Which animals can get vaccinated there? Do you need to make an appointment? Keep reading for those answers.

Which animals can get vaccinated at the Free Rabies Clinic?

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The animals that can receive their vaccinations that day are limited to cats, dogs and domestic ferrets 3 months of age or older. Your dog will need to be on a leash and your cats and ferrets will need to be in a carrier (for their safety). 

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When is the rabies clinic and do you need to make an appointment?

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The clinic will be taking place on Sunday October 22, 2023 at the Dutchess County SPCA located at 636 Violet Ave (9G and St Andrews RD) in Hyde Park NY 12538, from 8 AM to Noon. Yes you will need to register before hand, and can do that by calling the SPCA at 845-452-7722 ext 425.

Can you live anywhere in New York State and come to this rabies clinic?

Yes, you can. If you live in Dutchess County NY the fees will be waived. If you live outside the county then you will be charged a small $10 fee. The Vaccinations will be good for three years, if you have already proof of previous immunizations. If you don't have the proof or documentation then the vaccines will be good for one year.

Animals in Which Rabies is Most Commonly Found

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in North America rabies is most commonly found in bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes, and mongoose. It is also found in cats, cattle, and dogs. The CDC says that rabid bats have been found in every state except for Hawaii. Rabid mongoose have been found in Puerto Rico.

Rabies is easily transmitted from animals to other animals, including human beings. Human cases are rare in the United States, but deadly if not caught in time.

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