2015 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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April 7, 2015        Print version

Dutchess County Reminds Residents of April 11th Rabies Clinic at Family Partnership Center

Poughkeepsie…The Dutchess County Department of Health reminds residents of their free rabies vaccination clinic for pets to be held this Saturday, April 11th at the Family Partnership Center, 29 N. Hamilton Street in the City of Poughkeepsie from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon with free parking onsite and across the street from the Center. 

In partnership with the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, this clinic will offer Dutchess County residents the opportunity to obtain rabies shots free of charge for their dogs, cats, and domestic ferrets 3 months of age and older. Proof of residency is required.  Non-residents will be charged $10 for each pet vaccinated.

All dogs must be on leash, and cats and domestic ferrets must be in carriers. Vaccinations will be good for three years for pets with proper proof of a prior immunization. For those without proof, the vaccination will be good for one year.  Microchips will also be offered for $35.  For additional information, visit the Dutchess County SPCA’s Facebook page or their website at www.dcspca.org

In New York State, rabies shots are required for all cats, dogs, and domestic ferrets by the age of four months. Revaccination is then required on a regular schedule to keep the animal properly immunized against the rabies virus. Owners can be fined up to $200 if they fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep them up-to-date.

To learn more about rabies, visit the Department’s webpage at dutchessny.gov/health or call (845) 486-3404.




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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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