Schenectady County Announces 2017 Rabies Clinic Dates

Schenectady County has announced the dates for the 2017 Rabies Vaccination Clinics. The annual program provides Schenectady County residents with free vaccinations for their cats, dogs and ferrets.

“Vaccinating your pet from rabies is one of the easiest ways to keep them safe,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chairman of the Schenectady County Legislature. “Schenectady County is happy to once again offer these free clinics and I encourage our residents to take advantage of this service that will protect these important members of our family.”

Clinics will be held:

Saturday, March 4, 2017 Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center
Saturday, June 10, 2017 Central Park Pavilion, Schenectady
Saturday, August 5, 2017 Glenville Senior Citizens Center
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Plotterkill Fire Department, Princetown


Cats and ferrets will be vaccinated between 10am and 11am, and dogs will be vaccinated between 11am and 12noon. 

The vaccinations are free to Schenectady County residents, though donations will be accepted.  Pet owners are asked to bring previous vaccination certificates (if any).  Cats and Ferrets must be in carriers and dogs must be leashed.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).  Infected mammals can transmit rabies virus to humans and other mammals. Rabies is most often seen among wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes, but any mammal can be infected with rabies. Pets can get rabies if they are not vaccinated to protect them against infection. Among domestic animals, cats are most frequently diagnosed with rabies in New York State.  Rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms appear.

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