OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Health Department has announced its rabies clinic schedule for 2022. The schedule and all preventative measures are subject to change based on COVID-19 virus activity and needs. response in Oswego County.
New York State Public Health Law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies before they are four months old.
“Rabies is almost always fatal, but can be prevented if post-exposure prophylaxis is given soon after an exposure,” said Judy Grandy, director of environmental health for the Oswego County Health Department. “Our staff are working hard 24/7 to identify potential exposures and the need for post-exposure rabies treatment.”
All clinics will be held by appointment only from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday. A limited number of appointments will be available, and they must be scheduled in advance. People who cannot keep their appointment are asked to call to cancel it, so that others can make an appointment.
Starting Thursday, March 24, residents can call 315-349-3564 to book an appointment for the March 30 clinic. Appointments will be scheduled clinic by clinic. Announcements will be made before each clinic when the appointment telephone line opens.
Rabies vaccination clinics for pets are scheduled at these locations this year:
– March 30: County Highway Garage, 31 Schaad Dr., Scriba.
– May 4: County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Rd., Pulaski.
– May 18: County Highway Garage, 24 Dill Pickle Alley, Parish.
– July 13: Town Highway Garage, 46 County Route 11, West Monroe.
– July 27: Town Highway Garage, 68 Cemetery Dr., Hannibal.
– August 10: Bristol Hill Landfill Maintenance Garage, 3125 State Route 3, Volney.
– September 14: Voluntary Fire Department, 12 Barrett Dr., Minetto.
– October 19: County Highway Garage, 957 Centerville Rd., Pulaski.
There is a suggested donation of $7 per animal.
Pets must be at least three months old to be vaccinated. Those who receive their first rabies vaccine should receive a booster within one year.
The following protocols will be in effect at all clinics:
– Do not come to the clinic if the owner or the animal is sick.
– There is a limit of four pets per family. Only people handling animals should come to the clinic. Young children are discouraged from entering the building unless absolutely necessary. If children are left in the car, they must be properly supervised.
– People should control their pets at all times. Pets must be caged and/or kept on a leash with a fixed length no longer than six feet. Cats and ferrets must be in a carrier.
– Participants are asked to arrive no more than 10 minutes in advance of their appointment and to follow the signs and instructions of the clinic staff.
All animal bites, whether from a pet or wild animal, should be reported to the Oswego County Health Department as soon as possible. Health Department staff will work with residents and health care providers to determine if rabies treatment is necessary.
To report an animal bite or seek advice regarding potential rabies exposure, call the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3557, weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; or 315-341-0086 after hours, weekends and holidays. Do not call the number after hours to schedule a rabies vaccination appointment. Use only for incidents involving potential exposure.