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Rabies shots clinic slated

FONDA — The following is a rabies clinic for the Montgomery County Department of Public Health, 20 Park St., according to a news release.

∫ From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Florida Town Highway Department, Fort Hunter Road, Minaville.

The New York State Public Health Law requires that all dogs, cats and domestic ferrets shall have initial vaccinations administered against rabies no later than 4 months of age and stay up to date with re-vaccinations. The re-vaccinations are required one year later and a booster shot every three years. It is important to have pets vaccinated in a timely manner in order for the pet to be considered protected against the virus. The pet owners should bring proof of their pet’s last rabies vaccination. This helps the veterinarian determine whether the pet will receive a one or three year vaccination; without it a pet will receive a one-year vaccination only.

The vaccine is available free of charge but donations will be accepted to help defray the program costs. The suggested donation is $10 per rabies vaccine. Other vaccines will be available at additional fees.

To assure the safety of other pets and people, dogs must be leashed; cats and ferrets must be contained in a pet carrier or box when attending the rabies clinic.

For more information about rabies, contact the Montgomery County Public Health from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (518) 853-3531 or call a veterinarian.

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