Rabies vaccinations are being offered for free in Herkimer County this year.

The shots are mandatory for cats, dogs, and ferrets - even if they are always indoors - three months of age or older in New York State.

Dogs and cats require two rabies vaccinations, each administered one year apart, then another shot every three years thereafter.  Ferrets require a vaccination every year.

Owners are asked to bring proof of the pet's vaccination history in order to receive a three-year certificate, and reminded to bring dogs on a leash, cats in a carrier, and ferrets in a carrier or pillowcase.  Owners must clean up after their pets.

The rabies clinics are for shots only and no examinations will be given.  The clinics are free but a donation of $5.00 is suggested for those who would like to make a donation to help defray costs.

2015 Dates and times for Herkimer County, New York are listed below:

  •  March 12 (Thursday)    5:30pm - 7:00pm    East Herkimer Fire Department                                                                                                  193 Main Road, East Herkimer
  • April 16 (Thursday)        5:30pm - 7:00pm    Ohio Community Recreation Center                                                                                             140 Nellis Road, Ohio
  • April 30 (Thursday)       5:30pm - 7:00pm     Dolgeville Fire Department                                                                 20 South Helmer Avenue, Dolgeville
  • May 14 (Thursday)        5:30pm - 7:00pm     Middleville Fire Department                                                                                                          41 North Main Street, Middleville
  • May 30 (Saturday)       10:00am - 12:00nn   East Herkimer Fire Department                                                                                                   193 Main Road, East Herkimer
  • June 10 (Wednesday)  5:30pm - 7:00pm      Norway Community Center                                                                                                          3114 Military Road, Norway
  • June 17 (Wednesday)  5:30pm - 7:00pm      Ilion-Frankfort VFW Pavilion                                                                                                          4274 Acme Road, Frankfort
  • July 16 (Thursday)        5:30pm - 7:00pm     East Herkimer Fire Department                                                                                                   193 Main Road, East Herkimer
  • Sept 3 (Thursday)        5:30pm - 7:00pm     Salisbury Fire Department                                                                   2549 State Route 29, Salisbury Center
  • Sept 10 (Thursday)      5:30pm - 7:00pm     Cedarville Fire Dept                                                                                                                     960 State Route 51, Cedarville
  • October 1 (Thursday)  5:30pm - 7:00pm      Little Falls Town Garage                                                                   478 Flint Avenue Extension, Little Falls
  • Nov 7 (Saturday)          1:00pm - 3:00pm    East Herkimer Fire Department                                                                                                   193 Main Road, East Herkimer

Anyone with questions can contact the Herkimer County Department of Public Health at: (315) 867.1176.