620 animals receive free rabies vaccinations at North Buffalo Community Center
The Erie County Department of Health has announced a record number of animals were vaccinated at the January rabies clinic, held last week at the North Buffalo Community Center. More than 600 animals received free rabies vaccinations during the four-hour event, which was held at the center for the fourth consecutive year.
"The number of animals vaccinated at these rabies clinics remains high every year, and demonstrates each time that this is a service that residents appreciate and take advantage of. With over 600 animals receiving free vaccinations this month, it's more apparent than ever that residents are aware of this event and plan ahead to be here with their pets," Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said. "My thanks, along with the thanks of pet owners, go out to the Department of Health and their partners for coordinating this vital service and protecting our community's health."
The rabies clinic is conducted by the Erie County Department of Health in association with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, the Medaille College veterinary technology program, and the SPCA Serving Erie County. At the January clinic, a total of 483 dogs, 127 cats and 10 ferrets received free vaccinations. In 2014, 490 animals were vaccinated at this clinic, compared to 575 in 2013 and 505 in 2012.
Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein added, "It's good to see that so many residents brought their pets for these free rabies vaccinations. As we know, vaccination is required by law and it is the best way to protect our pets and families from rabies. The vector control staff works very hard along with their partners to make these events successful, and their commitment and professionalism shows each time."
The Erie County Department of Health works in conjunction with partners to conduct rabies clinics across the county throughout the year. Additional clinics will be scheduled in May and September.