The latest in the series of county wide rabies clinics will be held Thursday night, July 14, at the Rome City Hall. The clinic will be held from 5 to 7 pm. Last year about 200 animals – dogs, cats and ferrets – were vaccinated, so be sure your dog is on a leash or in a carrier and that cats and ferrets are safely confined in carriers. Remember to bring any paperwork from earlier vaccinations so your dog or cat can qualify for the three year vaccination certificate.
Rabies is ever present here in upstate NY as evidenced by the recent rabid raccoon attack in the Clinton area. The dog who was attacked was not current on rabies vaccines. Due to the incredibly high risk he would come down with rabies, he was euthanised. You can avoid that outcome by having your pets current on their rabies vaccinations.
A donation of $10 is asked to help cover expenses. If you are in financial straits, remember that this is a donation, and no fee is actually required. No physical exams will be given so you should make sure your pets have annual exams at your veterinary clinic.
For Rome residents, City Clerk Louise Glasso has arranged to handle dog licenses during that 5 to 7 pm time period as well. She has also been able to establish that July 14 is an “Amnesty Day” for overdue dog licenses. If you renew your overdue license on that day, the standard $20 late fee will be waived. This is the perfect chance to get your dog’s rabies vaccine updated and renew your license without penalty.