CCHS Free Rabies Clinic November 21st Participant Information

Friday, November 13, 2020

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES UPCOMING FREE RABIES CLINIC

The Chautauqua County Humane Society (CCHS) will be holding a free rabies vaccination clinic from 9 am to 12 pm, Saturday, November 21st, 2020.  This will be a drive-in clinic and all animals must be pre-registered to receive vaccinations. Vaccinations will be provided free of charge to all dogs, cats, and domesticated ferrets three months of age and older.  The clinic will be held at the Village of Falconer Highway Department, 1 Coleson Drive, in Falconer, NY.  Please enter from South Work Street near the front of Tops Market onto Coleson Drive.  

ALL AVAILABLE APPOINTMENTS HAVE FILLED UP.  WALK-INS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

During the clinic, donations of dog and cat food will be gladly accepted whether you are participating in the clinic or not. These donations will stock the shelves of the CCHS Pet Pantry.  CCHS will have a van at the clinic and participants can leave donations in the van while they wait their turn for the clinic.

At the clinic, people will stay in their vehicles with their pets.  People must wear facemasks.  Pet owners must bring previous vaccination records for each animal to ensure proper and effective vaccination; clinic staff will confirm previous rabies vaccination records.  All dogs must be on a leash (small dogs may be in a carrier).  All cats must be in a carrier.  Animal handlers will transport animals from the vehicle to the veterinarian for vaccination.

New York State public health law requires that each dog, cat, and domesticate ferret over the age of four months be vaccinated against rabies and county residents are encouraged to be responsible pet owners by having their pets vaccinated. 

Rabies is a profoundly serious disease of warm-blooded animals caused by a virus.  Raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes are common disease carriers.  The virus is transmitted to humans and animals through saliva and it can enter the body through a bite, scratch, scrape, or open cut.  The rabies virus infects the central nervous system and can cause brain swelling and ultimately death within days of the onset of symptoms.

For more information about the clinic and rabies visit Chqhumane.org.