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Rabies Vaccinations

Free Pet Vaccination Clinics  |  Register Online for Clinics  |  Rabies Facts and Info

woman with a sweet dogRABIES IS A viral infection that is fatal to humans. The rabies virus is contained in the saliva and nervous tissue of rabid animals. Human post-exposure treatment consists of a dose of rabies immune globulin administered as soon as possible ("day zero"). Click for more info.

• Vaccination Clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets
• Rabies Factsheet

Phone Numbers for questions or to report bites.
• Monthly Rabies Reports


State law requires all dogs, cats and ferrets older than 4 months to have valid, current rabies vaccination. TCHD Environmental Health Division provides free vaccination clinics at convenient locations throughout Tompkins County.

Do not take chances! Keep vaccinations up-to-date. For more info, see:
What Pet Owners Need to Know About Rabies Vaccinations in NYS (1 page PDF download from NYSDOH)


Free Rabies Clinics for Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets

Sponsored by:
Tompkins County Health Department
Environmental Health Division
Phone: (607) 274-6688

sweet dogs faceNOTES:
  ► Bring your pet’s most recent vaccination certificate as proof of prior vaccination.
  ► Vaccinations received at our clinic expire in 3 years IF you bring a certificate of prior vaccination.
  ► Vaccinations received at our clinic expire after only 1 year if you do not bring proof of prior vaccination.
  ► Rabies tags are not acceptable proof of prior vaccination.
  ► All ferrets MUST be vaccinated annually.

New! Preregister Online!

   Pre-register online for your pet’s rabies vaccination!
     • CLICK HERE for our pre-registration site.
        > Scroll down the page and select “Tompkins” as your county.

Click the address in the chart below for a Google map, or download driving directions to clinic sites (PDF, 38KB)

FALL 2019  (Click to download a PDF flyer with clinic dates) All Clinics
7:00–9:00 PM
Town Location Day Date
Newfield School Bus Garage
277 Main St., Newfield, NY
Wednesday Sept 25
Groton Fire Station
108 East Cortland St., Groton, NY
Thursday Sept 26
Caroline Highway Garage
852 Valley Rd., Brooktondale, NY
Wednesday Oct 2
Trumansburg School Bus Garage
100 Whig St., Trumansburg, NY
Thursday Oct 3
Ithaca Central Fire Station
310 W. Green St., Ithaca (enter from the municipal parking lot in the 300-block of W. MLK/ State St.)
Wednesday Oct 9

Without a copy of a vaccination certificate for each pet, the vaccination your pet receives at our clinic will be valid for only 1 year. Proof of prior vaccination required for vaccination to be good for more than 1 year.

For further information on rabies Click here

Monthly Rabies Reports (PDF)

For questions or additional information contact the Environmental Health Division at (607) 274–6688

Wildlife Rehabilitators in Tompkins County

Please Note: Placement at local rehabilitators is subject to space availability. Wild Things and Wishing Well are volunteer-run organizations that are not always able to accommodate an injured animal.

What is Wildlife Rehabilitation? Read about it on the Wild Things Sanctuary website.

Rabies Factsheet

Monthly Rabies Reports

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