PULASKI — The Oswego County Health Department continues its rabies clinics with the new COVID-19 protocols. The next clinic will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, at the Oswego County Highway Garage on Centerville Road.
“This clinic will take place at the county’s highway garage just off county Route 2A, not at the town of Richland garage located in the Pulaski village,” said Judy Grandy, director of environmental health for the Oswego County Health Department.
She added, “We look forward to the continued cooperation of all participants. As with previous clinics, we will continue to follow the new safety measures that were established due to the coronavirus. These protocols, along with scheduled appointments, will apply to all rabies clinics in 2020.”
The safety plan includes the following guidance:
• Do not attend the clinic if a person – or a pet is – ill.
• All attendees must wear a mask or face covering and practice social distancing by staying six feet away from others whenever possible.
• Pets must be under control at all times. No mingling with other pets and people.
• There will be no “walk-ins.” This is an appointment-only clinic.
Appointments are limited. For those who don’t get one for this event, the next rabies clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the Bristol Hill Landfill Solid Waste Facility on State Route 3 in Volney.
Call 315-349-3557 now to schedule an appointment for the rabies clinic in Pulaski. Phone lines will be open from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays until the schedule is filled. Do not call the answering service after hours to schedule an appointment for the rabies clinic. Appointments for the Aug. 12 rabies clinic in Volney will not be scheduled until Aug. 3.
Attendees are asked to arrive no more than 10 minutes early to their appointment and to wait in their car to be called in. Follow signs and instructions from clinic staff. Those who miss their assigned appointment will not be served.
There will be limitations for both pets and people. No more than four pets per family and no more than two adults, or an adult and a child aged 14 and older, per car. Younger children will not be allowed into the building. Parents must make sure that they are properly supervised in their car.
Pets must be caged and/or leashed with a fixed length no longer than six feet. Cats and ferrets should be in a carrier. People must maintain control of their pets. Veterinary staff will not be able to attend to the pet in the vehicle.
“The rabies virus is nearly 100 percent fatal to mammals and can infect any mammal,” said Grandy. “Immunizing pets is the most effective protection from the disease.”
New York state law requires that all cats, dogs, and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. The first rabies vaccine should be given at three months of age. Ferrets must be vaccinated annually. Dogs and cats require a second vaccination within one year of the first, and every three years thereafter.
The health department suggests a $7 donation per animal to help defray the clinic cost.
A total of 18 animals have been confirmed rabid in Oswego County so far this year. The lot was comprised of 13 raccoons, two gray foxes, one bat, one fisher and one horse. They were taken from various locations, including the city of Oswego and the towns of Boylston, Granby, Hannibal, Palermo, Richland, Sandy Creek, Scriba and Volney.
To report an animal bite or seek guidance concerning potential exposures to rabies, call 315-349-3557 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or 315-341-0086 after regular business hours, weekends and holidays. Do not call this number to schedule a clinic appointment.
Additional information about rabies can be found at www.cdc.gov/rabies.