MAYVILLE - The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health has announced the following free rabies vaccination clinics in Chautauqua County:
Thursday, March 30, 5-7 p.m., at the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown. The veterinarian will be Dr. Harry Shaw. The clinic is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services and Chautauqua County Humane Society.
Saturday April 8, from noon-2 p.m. at the Poland town highway garage, 533 Grubb Hill Road, Kennedy. The veterinarian is Dr. Mary Fales. The clinic is sponsored by the town of Poland.
Saturday May 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westfield town highway building, 118 Chestnut St., Westfield. The veterinarian is Dr. Katie Ball. The clinic is sponsored by the town of Westfield and Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue.
Vaccinations will be provided free of charge to all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets three months of age and older. All pets must be on a leash or in a cage and pet owners should bring rabies vaccination records for each animal that will be receiving a shot to ensure proper and effective vaccination.
State Public Health Law requires each dog, cat and domesticated 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 disease of warm-blooded animals caused by a virus. Raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes are the common disease carriers. The virus is transmitted to humans and animals through saliva and it can enter the body from 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 in general, visit www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/243/Environmental-Health or call the Division of Public Health at 753-4481.