Residents can bring dogs and cats for vaccine

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) is offering a dozen free rabies clinics for pets of Monmouth County residents from October through January 2016.

Dates, times and locations of the upcoming rabies clinics are available on the Health Department section of the County’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com.

“Protecting your pets by keeping them current on their rabies vaccine is an important buffer between wildlife rabies and human exposure,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the MCHD. “Not only does the vaccine keep your pet safe; it can help keep you and your family safe as well.”

 

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted most commonly by a bite.

“This is a great time to check your pet’s vaccination and health records and make sure they are current,” said Christopher Merkel, Monmouth County’s Public Health Coordinator.

Dogs and cats who receive an initial rabies vaccination are not considered immunized until 28 days after the vaccine has been administered, therefore it is strongly recommended that any animal newly vaccinated or those too young to receive the vaccine (less than three months) not be left outdoors unattended.

“It is important to remember that cats and dogs, as well as indoor animals, should be vaccinated for rabies,” said Merkel. “According to the latest published data by the CDC, cats continue to be the number one domestic animal confirmed with rabies: nationally, 247 cats confirmed in 2013 compared to 89 dogs.”

No appointments are necessary, but vaccines are given on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call the County Health Department at 732-431-7456.

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*Schedule of clinics follows.

2015/2016 Monmouth County Health Dept. Rabies Clinic Schedule

Oct. 15                      6 - 8 p.m.                                    Matawan

                                                                                    Midway Hook & Ladder

                                                                                    161 Broad St.

                                                                                   

Oct. 17                      9 a.m. - noon                              Hazlet

                                                                                    Public Works Building

                                                                                    39 Leocadia Ct.

                                 10 - 11 a.m.                                Roosevelt

                                                                                    Public Works Building

                                                                                    33 North Rochdale Ave.

Nov. 4                      6:30 - 8:30 p.m.                          Aberdeen

                                                                                    Public Works Building

                                                                                    147 Lenox Rd.

Nov. 5                      5:30 - 6:30 p.m.                          Farmingdale    

                                                                                    Firehouse

                                                                                    Main Street

Nov. 7                      8:30 - 10 a.m.                             Holmdel          

                                                                                    Public Works Garage

                                                                                    14 Crawfords Corner Rd.

                                 10 a.m. - noon                            Keyport          

                                                                                    Public Works Building

                                                                                    120 Francis St.

Nov. 14                    10 a.m. - noon                            Union Beach   

                                                                                    Public Works Garage

                                                                                    1400 Florence Ave.

Dec. 5                       9 - 10:30 a.m.                             Belmar

                                                                                    Public Works Garage

                                                                                    Thirteenth Avenue

                                 9 a.m. - noon                              Howell

                                                                                    Public Works Garage

                                                                                    Old Tavern Road

2016

Jan. 11                      7 - 8 p.m.                                    Eatontown                  

                                                                                    Firehouse

                                                                                    45 Broad St.

Jan. 20                      5 - 7 p.m.                                    Bradley Beach

                                                                                    Fire House

                                                                                    815 Main St. (rear)