Protect your family from rabies

YATES COUNTY – Yates County Public Health wants you and your family to be safe from rabies. Rabies is deadly, but it is 100% preventable! If you or your pet come into contact with a wild animal, there is a risk that the animal could spread the rabies virus. The animals most likely to carry rabies are raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes.

How to protect yourself from rabies:

  • Get your dogs, cats, ferrets and livestock vaccinated against rabies. Keeping your pets up to date could save their lives.
  • Do not leave pet food outside. It will attract animals like raccoons to your garden. Bird feeders can also attract unwitting wildlife.
  • If sick wild animals enter your garden, bring your family and pets inside and let the pet wander off. If the animal does not move away and is threatening, notify Yates County Animal Control through the Yates County Sheriff’s Office at 315-536-4438.
  • If a wild animal bites a person or a pet, contact Yates County Public Health to find out what needs to be done to keep your family healthy. Public health may need to test the animal to determine if it has rabies.
  • If you find a bat in the room with a person or animal that was alone, or if you were woken up to find a bat in the bedroom while you were sleeping, try to catch the bat and call Public Health.
  • Contact Public Health at 315-536-5160or after hours, call the sheriff’s office at 315-536-4438 and ask to speak to the public health staff on duty.

Free rabies clinic

Yates County Public Health Offerings FREE rabies vaccination clinics. The next clinic will be Saturday, June 4 from 9-10 a.m. at the Penn Yan Fire Field located at 110 Hicks St., Penn Yan. If you have any questions, call our office at 315-536-5160 or visit our website at

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