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> Pets Rabies Clinics Spring 2019

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Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

For more information contact: Cynthia Mosher or Skip Parr at 607-274-6688

Free Spring Rabies Vaccination Clinics for Pets

(ITHACA, N.Y., April 15, 2019) – The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) announces its FREE Spring Rabies clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets. The clinics will be open from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at these locations and dates:

  • Lansing: Central Fire Station, Wednesday May 1
  • Danby: Fire Station, Thursday May 2
  • Dryden: Tompkins County SPCA, Wednesday May 8
  • Enfield: Highway Garage, Thursday May 9
  • Ithaca: Highway Garage, Wednesday May 15

Pre-registration is available for each clinic by calling the Health Department or online through the TCHD website (click here). Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the clinic on a first come first serve basis.

Proof of prior vaccination is required to receive a three year certificate for cats and dogs. If there is no proof of prior vaccination, a one year certificate will be issued. Ferrets must be vaccinated annually.

In 2018, Tompkins County had 18 confirmed rabid animals including five raccoons, seven bats, three foxes, one skunk, one beaver, and one woodchuck. This is a reminder that whether indoors or outdoors, people and pets are at risk of contracting rabies.

To protect yourself from rabies exposure and to avoid unnecessary treatment, the TCHD urges everyone to report the following incidents by calling TCHD at 607-274-6688:
  • All animal bites.
  • Any human or pet contact with saliva or other potentially infectious material (brain tissue, spinal tissue, or cerebrospinal fluid) of wild animals or any animal suspected of having rabies.
  • All bat bites, scratches, or any mere skin contact with a bat, or a bat in a room with a child, sleeping or
  • Call the Health Department prior to releasing a captured bat to determine if rabies testing is necessary.
  • Avoid contact with any unfamiliar cats, dogs, and wild animals.
  • Avoid handling pets or objects that may be contaminated with saliva from a potentially rabid animal without wearing protective gloves. If you have been exposed to saliva, wash your hands immediately with soap and water.
  • Obtain the name, address and telephone number of the owner when bitten by a cat, dog or ferret.
  • Keep pet vaccinations up-to-date.

The Tompkins County Health Department is your partner for a healthy community. Find us online at, and follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @TompkinsHealth.