(WNY News Now) – The Chautauqua County Health Department, in collaboration with the City of Dunkirk, is set to offer free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats, and domesticated ferrets over three months of age at a clinic scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Dunkirk – The Chautauqua County Health Department, in partnership with the City of Dunkirk, has announced a free rabies vaccination clinic, providing an essential service for pet owners. To ensure a smooth and efficient process, the clinic will require pre-registration for animals. This initiative is in compliance with New York State Public Health Law, which mandates rabies vaccinations for all dogs, cats, and domesticated ferrets over the age of four months.
The clinic is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at the City of Dunkirk Street Department, located at 19 W Lucas Ave, Dunkirk. Operating between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM, the event aims to accommodate as many pets as possible. The collaborative effort between the City of Dunkirk and the Chautauqua County Health Department ensures the availability of this crucial service. Dr. Rebekah Frost will serve as the attending veterinarian.
With a limited number of spots available, pet owners are encouraged to pre-register online promptly. It’s important to note that registered individuals who decide not to attend the clinic are kindly requested to cancel their appointment, allowing other pets to benefit. Appointment cancellations can be processed through the confirmation email received during registration. While walk-ins may be accepted toward the end of the clinic, availability for on-site registration is not guaranteed.
During the clinic, a designated traffic pattern will be established for vehicles to follow on-site. For the safety of all involved, pet owners are required to remain in their vehicles with their animals unless otherwise instructed. To facilitate a smooth vaccination process, pet owners must bring prior rabies vaccination records for each animal, as these records will be verified by clinic staff. Dogs must be on a leash, and cats must be in individual carriers. Trained animal handlers will assist in transporting pets from vehicles to the attending veterinarian for vaccination.
Rabies, a highly serious viral disease, affects warm-blooded animals and is known to be transmitted through the saliva of disease carriers such as raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes. The virus poses a significant risk to humans and animals and can enter the body through bites, scratches, or open cuts. Once inside, the rabies virus attacks the central nervous system, potentially leading to brain swelling and, ultimately, death within a few days of symptom onset. As a preventative measure, New York State Public Health Law requires rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats, and domesticated ferrets over the age of four months.
The Chautauqua County Health Department, in association with the City of Dunkirk, strongly encourages county residents to be responsible pet owners by ensuring their pets are up-to-date with their rabies vaccinations. This free clinic offers an excellent opportunity to fulfill this legal requirement while protecting both pets and the community from the devastating effects of rabies.
For further information about the clinic, please contact the City of Dunkirk at 716-366-0452. General information on rabies prevention can be obtained by visiting chqgov.com/environmental-health/rabies-prevention or reaching out to the Chautauqua County Health Department at (716) 753-4481.