(WNY News Now) – The Chautauqua County Health Department, in collaboration with the City of Jamestown, will host its annual free rabies vaccination clinic at the Taylor Training Center this Saturday from 10 am until noon, promoting responsible pet ownership and safeguarding against the potentially fatal rabies virus.
Jamestown – In an effort to foster responsible pet ownership and curb the spread of rabies, the Chautauqua County Health Department and the City of Jamestown are conducting their annual free rabies vaccination clinic at the Taylor Training Center, located at 240 Harrison Street, this Saturday from 10 am to noon. The initiative aims to ensure the well-being of pets and protect both animals and humans from the serious consequences of rabies.
While the clinic has reached its current capacity, a limited number of vaccines will be available for walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals seeking to take advantage of this opportunity are advised to arrive promptly at 11:45 am. To maintain order and safety, all dogs must be on a leash, and cats and ferrets should be in individual carriers during the clinic.
Rabies, a severe viral disease affecting warm-blooded animals, poses a significant threat to both pets and humans. Common carriers of the virus include raccoons, bats, skunks, and foxes. The transmission occurs through saliva, primarily via bites, scratches, or contact with open cuts. Once infected, the rabies virus attacks the central nervous system, leading to symptoms such as brain swelling and, if untreated, death within days.
County residents are strongly encouraged to participate in this free vaccination initiative, especially for dogs, cats, and domesticated ferrets aged three months and older. Vaccinations are provided at no cost during the clinic, emphasizing the importance of preventative measures in safeguarding the community against the spread of rabies.
While the clinic serves as a crucial resource for pet owners, additional information about rabies prevention and the clinic can be found at Chautauqua County Health Department’s website or by contacting the Chautauqua County Health Department directly at (716) 753-4481.