County to Hold Rabies Vaccination Clinic for Pets

Also warns about risk of exposure from bats

The Putnam County Department of Health will hold a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 9, at Hubbard Lodge in Cold Spring. The clinic is open to all Putnam County residents who can provide proof of residency and written proof of a prior rabies vaccination. (Tags are not acceptable.) If you do not have written proof, the pet will receive a one-year vaccine.

All dogs must be leashed and well-controlled, and cats and ferrets must be in a carrier. For more information, call the health department at 845-808-1390, ext. 43127. Hubbard Lodge is located at 2880 Route 9.

Health officials notes that while a rabies vaccination is important to protect pets, the primary reason for rabies treatments in Putnam County remains bat exposures. In warmer weather, bats return to the area and are more active and likely to get into homes. If you find a bat in your house, capture it. If needed, the department will arrange to test the bat for rabies, since this is the only way to avoid a two-week series of shots. For more information, visit putnamcountyny.com.


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