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> Rabies Vaccination Drive Through Clinic Oct 24 2020

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


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Media Contact: Samantha Hillson,, (607) 274-6714
For more information contact: Cynthia Mosher or Skip Parrat (607) 274-6688

Rabies Vaccination Clinic

(ITHACA, N.Y., October 7, 2020) – The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) announces the last drive-through rabies clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets that will be held in 2020. The clinic will be held from 10AM-3PM on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the TCAT Bus Garage, 737 Willow Avenue, Ithaca.

TCHD Fall clinics typically held in the towns of Newfield, Groton, Caroline, or Trumansburg will not take place in 2020. Additionally, the January clinic normally held at the SPCA will not be scheduled in 2021.

Pre-registration is required for the clinic by calling the Health Department or online through the TCHD website:

Appointments will fill quickly. Call the Health Department at (607) 274-6688 to be placed on a wait list if all appointments are full.

Special COVID-19 precautions will be in place for this clinic to ensure the safety of staff and attendees. Please note:

  • All dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier, all cats and ferrets must be in a carrier to attend the clinic.
  • Masks are required for attendees at the clinic.
  • Households with family members in COVID quarantine or isolation at the time of the clinic should call to reschedule for a later clinic date.
  • Attendees will remain in their vehicle until staff request pet for vaccination.

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.

More information can be found at

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