Spring into Action – Get Your Pet(s) Vaccinated


BINGHAMTON, NY – As the warmer weather approaches, the Broome County Health Department urges pet owners to get their pets immunized for rabies. Getting your pet vaccinated is the first line of defense to protect humans from getting rabies. 

The Broome County Health Department in conjunction with the Animal Aid and Relief Foundation (A.A.R.F.) are holding vaccination clinics throughout Broome County now through December 2009.
People can also protect themselves from a potential exposure to rabies by staying away from pets they do not know, stray domestic animals, and wild animals.
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that affects the nervous system. The virus is transmitted through the saliva, usually from a bite of a rabid animal. Skunks, raccoons, foxes and bats are typical carriers of rabies. 
If you are bitten, scratched, or have contact with the saliva of a domestic animal, wild animal, or bat follow these important steps:    
  • Wash the wound or contact area immediately.
  • Seek medical attention. Call your family doctor or go to the nearest emergency room.
  • Report all animal bites or contact with wild animals during normal business hours to the Broome County Health Department at 607.778.2887.  Residents with urgent inquiries after normal business hours can call Broome County Emergency Dispatch at 607.778.1911. A dispatcher will then contact health department staff for you.
  • Obtain information about where the pet cat or dog lives. Get the owner’s name, address and phone number, so that necessary actions can be taken to have the pet observed for rabies.
  • Don't let any animal escape that has possibly exposed someone to rabies. Depending on the species, it can be observed or tested for rabies in order to avoid the need for rabies treatment.
  • If a bat is found indoors and there is any chance that the bat had contact with a person or pet, DO NOT release the bat—DO make every effort to catch the bat.
To capture a bat:
  • Turn on room lights and close the windows.
  • Close the room and closet doors.
  • Wait for the bat to land.
  • Wearing gloves, place a coffee can, pail or similar container over the bat.
  • Slide a piece of cardboard under the container to trap the bat.
  • Firmly hold the cardboard in place against the top of the container, turn it right side up and tape the cardboard tightly to the container.
To get your pet vaccinated, visit one of the following rabies clinics:
Johnson City Fire Station, Friday, April 24, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., 270 Floral Avenue, Johnson City, NY
Town of Sanford Highway Garage, Saturday, May 2, 2009, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 192 Front Street, Deposit, NY
Town of Nanticoke Highway Garage, Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.,
755 Cherry Valley Hill Road, Maine, NY
Town of Conklin Fire Station, Friday, May 15, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., 1034 Conklin Road, Conklin, NY
Town of Binghamton Highway Garage, Monday, June 1, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., 865 Hawleyton Road, Binghamton, NY
Town of Fenton Fire Station Pavilion, (across from Chenango Valley State Park), Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., 844 Route 369, Port Crane, NY
City of Binghamton Fire Station #4, Saturday, June 20, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.,  176 Robinson Street, Binghamton, NY
Whitney Point Fair Grounds – Entertainment Bldg., Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Route 11, Whitney Point, NY
Town of Windsor Highway Garage, Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., 174 Chapel Street, Windsor, NY
Town of Colesville Highway Garage, Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., 789 Welton Street, Harpursville, NY
Endicott Fire Station, Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., 244 Madison Avenue, Endicott, NY
Town of Kirkwood Highway Garage, Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., 70 Crescent Drive, Kirkwood, NY
Town of Chenango Fire Station #2, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.,
320 Kattelville Road, Binghamton, NY
Town of Lisle Highway Garage, Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., 9256 State Route 79, Lisle, NY
Town of Maine Highway Garage, Friday, September 11, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.,
Ellis Payne Road, Maine, NY
Town of Vestal Fire Station #3, Saturday, October 17, 2009, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.,
2164 Old Owego Road, Vestal, NY
City of Binghamton Fire Station #4, Saturday, December 12, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 176 Robinson Street, Binghamton, NY
Rabies vaccinations will be provided to dogs, cats and pet ferrets. Animals receiving their first vaccination must be at least 3-months old. A $5 donation per animal is requested to help cover the cost of the clinic but is not required. All pets will be vaccinated regardless of the owner’s ability to donate. If your pet has had a previous rabies vaccination, bring the certificate with you so that your pet may receive a three year vaccination. Without the certificate, your pet will receive a one-year vaccination. Pets must be under the control of their owner while at the clinic.
For more information regarding rabies visit the Broome County Health Department website at www.gobroomecounty.com/hd or call the Broome County Health Department information line at 607.778.3911, option 1.


03/23/2009 - 2:30pm