Ed Day, Rockland County Executive
April 7, 2017
Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512
HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS FREE RABIES SHOTS FOR CATS, DOGS, AND FERRETS ON SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017
NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert today announced that free rabies shots (vaccinations) are available for cats, dogs and ferrets on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 10 AM until 1 PM at the Rockland County Fire Training Center, 35 Firemen's Memorial Drive in Pomona. No appointment is needed. The shots are free, however a $5 donation per animal will help defray our costs.
"Animal rabies continues to be a serious public health problem in Rockland County. We remind all residents to make sure that their animals are immunized against rabies and that the vaccinations are kept up to date," said Dr. Ruppert.
To get their free rabies shot:
- Your dog, cat or ferret must be healthy
- Your pet must be older than three months
- Your dogs must be on a leash
- Your cats and ferrets must be on a leash or in a top-opening container
New York State law requires that all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age. Owners can be fined up to $250 if they fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep them up to date. If an unvaccinated pet, or one that's overdue on its vaccination, comes in contact with a rabid or suspected rabid animal, the pet must either be destroyed or strictly quarantined for six months. Vaccinated animals that come in contact with wild animals can be given booster vaccinations, but these shots must be given within five days of exposure.
For more information on animal rabies or the vaccine call the Rockland County Department of Health at 845-364-2594.