TOWN OF RIVERHEAD
Office of the Supervisor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2014
CONTACT: Sean M. Walter, Town Supervisor
(631) 727-3200 x251
North Fork Animal Welfare League Offers Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic
Riverhead, NY – The North Fork Animal Welfare League (NFAWL) will hold a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets owned by our local residents:
Sunday, June 22, 2014
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Riverhead Town Animal Shelter
532 Youngs Avenue, Calverton, NY
It is required by the New York State Public Health Rabies Law that all domesticated dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies and that the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) offer these vaccinations* free of charge to residents in an effort to suppress human rabies. (You can learn more about New York State requirements and rabies by visiting: www.health.ny.gov/diseases/ communicable/ zoonoses/rabies/.)
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system and is most often seen among wild animals such as raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes but any mammal can become infected with the rabies virus.
Sean Walter, Supervisor of the Town of Riverhead, urges all pet owners to take advantage of this free program to keep their pets safe from rabies. “Rabies prevention starts with the animal owner. It is important that your pet, as a member of your family, be protected from this deadly virus,” said Supervisor Walter. “By vaccinating your pet, you offer protection for your entire family.”
The North Fork Animal Welfare League has managed the town’s municipal animal shelter since March 1, 2013. Since then, many improvements have been made to the facility as well as to the care that the animals receive. “I am grateful to NFAWL for looking out for our pets and our residents by hosting this clinic,” said the Supervisor. “I strongly urge all residents to protect yourself, your pet and your community by getting your pet vaccinated.”
The Town would like to remind all pet owners to purchase or renew their pet’s licenses. Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies to be licensed. As an added convenience, Animal Control personnel and volunteers will be on-site to complete the paperwork for owners to receive a license tag for pets vaccinated that day.
*Though the clinic is available to all residents, the quantity of vaccinations is limited and available only while supplies last. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats and ferrets must be in carriers.