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ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) announces its FREE Winter Rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets at the SPCA Adoption Center. The clinic will be held on January 25, 2017, from 6 PM-8 PM. Preregistration is available for this clinic by calling the Health Department or online through the TCHD website: http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/health/eh/neighborhood/rabies . Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the clinic.

Proof of prior vaccination is required to receive a three year certificate for cats and dogs. If there is no proof of prior vaccination, a one year certificate will be issued. Ferrets must be vaccinated annually.

 The Tompkins County SPCA is located at 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 (Town of Dryden).

New York State Public Health Law requires all cats, dogs and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age. Failure to vaccinate may result in the loss of your pet!  Protect your pet. Protect your family.

In 2016, Tompkins County had 12 confirmed rabid animals including two raccoons, a skunk, and a bat in situations that involved encounters with dogs. This is a reminder that whether indoors or outdoors, people and pets are at risk of contracting rabies. Vaccination of your pets is your first line of defense.Report all bites by domestic animals and incidents involving direct contact with wild animals to the Tompkins County Health Department immediately.  If you find a bat in your home, do not release or discard it.  Call the Health Department immediately at 607-274-6688 for further instructions.

To find out more, please visit: http://www.tompkinscountyny.gov/health/eh/neighborhood/rabies.