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Feb 4  11am to 1pm
“First Free Rabies Clinic of 2017 Offered by the Chemung County Health Department”

ELMIRA- The Chemung County Health Department, in conjunction with the SPCA, will be offering the following free rabies vaccination clinic to New York State residents: 

                    Chemung County Health Department
                                  John Gridley Building 
                   103 Washington St., Elmira, NY 14901
                            Saturday, February 4, 2017
                                 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

As a reminder, the Chemung County Health Department is closed to the public on weekends.  Therefore, the doors to the building will open at 11:00 a.m. sharp but not before.  Due to the projected cold temperatures, please plan ahead if you anticipate arriving early as you will be waiting outside the building until the doors open at 11:00 a.m.  There are ample supplies of rabies vaccine and no one arriving between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. will be turned away.

If you are unable to attend the February 2, 2017 clinic, the next Chemung County Free Rabies Clinic is scheduled for March 11, 2017 at the Horseheads Town Hall – details will be provided at a later date.

Cats, dogs and ferrets, three months of age or older, must be on a leash or in a carrier and under the control of a responsible adult.  Peter Buzzetti, Supervising Sanitarian with the Chemung County Health Department, reminds dog and cat owners to bring proof of a previous rabies vaccination if they wish to receive a three-year certificate for their pets.
To assure the smooth operation of the clinics, Mr. Buzzetti recommends that owners of multiple dogs bring their animals in one at a time.  Once they have waited in line for one pet, those owners will be allowed to have additional dogs vaccinated without waiting in line again.  Dog owners should also come prepared to clean up after their animals should accidents occur.  Cat owners lacking carriers should talk to clinic staff before removing their animal from their vehicles.  Carriers may be available for use at the clinics.
The NYS Sanitary Code and Public Health Law require that all cats, dogs, and ferrets (four months of age or older) be vaccinated to prevent rabies.  Please be aware that pet owners who do not comply with NYS Public Health Law rabies vaccination requirements may be subject to a fine of up to $200.00.  Free rabies clinics are providing at least every four months throughout the year so that there should be no excuse for a pet owner not to get their pet vaccinated.  Residents are urged to take advantage of these free clinics to be responsible pet owners and to avoid being in violation of the law.

If special assistance is needed at the clinic, please call 737-2019 to register a few days prior to the clinic.

For more information call the Chemung County Health Department at 737-2019 or

Chemung County Health Department
John Gridley Building, 103 Washington Street
Elmira, NY 14901
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