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Erie County to hold two free rabies vaccine clinics in September


Mon, Aug 7th 2023 07:00 am

Prevent rabies – a 100% fatal disease – in your dogs, cats & ferrets

By the Erie County Department of Health

The Erie County Department of Health has opened registrations for two free rabies vaccine clinics in September:

√ Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Erie County Training and Operations Center, 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga

√ Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Buffalo Public School 84, 462 Grider St., Buffalo (behind ECMC, enter from Kensington Avenue)

Registration is available at www.tinyurl.com/ECSept23. Appointments are required. Up to three pets will be accepted per appointment. Individuals who are unable to access online registration may call 716-961-6800 during business hours to schedule an appointment.

Dogs, cats and ferrets 3 months of age and older are eligible for a vaccination. Pet owners are asked to bring proof of their pet’s vaccination with them to the event in order to receive a three-year vaccination certificate; otherwise, a one-year certificate will be given.

Dogs must be secured with a collar and leash or restrained in a carrier; cats and ferrets must be restrained in a secure carrier. Please do not use retractable or extended leashes.

“We have had a significant number of dogs and cats come in contact with wildlife like bats, racoons, skunks, woodchucks and foxes this summer,” said Environmental Health Deputy Director Peter Tripi, who manages the county’s vector control program. “Many pets, seemingly more than normal, are ending up in quarantine because their owners have failed to keep up on rabies vaccination boosters.”

He continued, “We are asking domestic pet owners to diligent and vigilant when it comes to rabies vaccinations – it’s a matter of life and death for their pets, family and neighbors! Vaccinating our pets is not only the law, but our first line of defense against this deadly disease.”

ECDOH expresses sincere thanks to the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, the SPCA Serving Erie County and the Erie County Medical Reserve Corps for providing volunteers and support in coordinating free rabies vaccination clinics for our community.


√ Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH), rabies: erie.gov/rabies or 716-961-6800

√ ECDOH, register online: https://tinyurl.com/ECSept23

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