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Rabies Clinic will be held on Sunday, June 12th Westchester County residents can bring their dogs, cats and ferrets in for free rabies vaccinations on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stamen Animal Hospital, 61 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, NY. Advanced appointments are needed, please call (914) 632-1269.


- Cats and ferrets must be in carriers and dogs must be on a leash.
- Aggressive dogs must be muzzled.
- No examinations will be given and all pets must be supervised by an adult.


 “Vaccinating your pet against rabies protects your pet and your family if your pet has contact with a rabid or potentially rabid animal,” said Westchester County Health Commissioner, Sherlita Amler, MD.  


Under New York State law, dogs and cats must receive their first rabies vaccine no later than four months after birth. A second rabies shot must be given within one year of the first vaccine, with additional booster shots given every one or three years after that, depending on the vaccine used.  Owners who fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep the vaccinations up-to-date may be fined up to $2,000.


Rabies is a fatal disease that is spread through the bite or saliva of infected animals.  Those animals most commonly infected are raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes.  However, domestic animals such as cats and dogs are also at risk because they can easily contract rabies from wild or stray animals.


A pet that is up-to-date with its rabies vaccinations would only need to get a booster dose of vaccine within five days of the pet’s exposure to a known or suspect rabid animal.  Animals not up-to-date with rabies vaccinations would need to be quarantined or potentially euthanized following contact with a rabid or suspect-rabid animal.

Learn more about rabies