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Westchester County Offers Free Pet Rabies Vaccines

The Westchester County Department of Health will offer free rabies shots on Sunday in New Rochelle.
The Westchester County Department of Health will offer free rabies shots on Sunday in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Free rabies vaccines will be available for dogs, cats and ferrets owned by Westchester County residents on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Rochelle Humane Society.

No appointment is needed. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers, dogs must be on a leash and aggressive dogs must be muzzled. No examinations will be given at the clinic.

“Vaccinating your pet against rabies will protect your pet and your family in case your pet has contact with a rabid or potentially rabid animal,” said Westchester County Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, M.D.

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.

For more information, call the Humane Society at (914) 632-2925.

The New Rochelle Humane Society is located at 70 Portman Road, New Rochelle.

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