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Schenectady County Announces Drive Thru Rabies Vaccination Clinic for Pets

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Free to Schenectady County Residents

Schenectady County will hold a rabies vaccination clinic for cats, ferrets and dogs in Schenectady in June. The clinic is free to Schenectady County residents – appointments and face coverings are required. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers, and dogs must be leashed.

Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) transitioned to electronic registration and a drive-thru clinic model to continue providing rabies vaccines to pets during the pandemic. Residents register online for an appointment time and provide information about their animals. This allows SCPHS to create a vaccination certificate for each scheduled pet. The new model has reduced stress on animals and wait times and allowed residents with more than one type of pet to receive vaccines during the same appointment.

“It’s especially important this time of year to ensure your pets are vaccinated,” said Schenectady County Legislator Holly Vellano. “Rabies carrier species, including bats, racoons and opossums, are much more active during the summer, when pets tend to spend more time outdoors.”

Event Information

Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021

Time: 10am to 12pm

Location: Jesse T. Zoller Elementary School, 1880 Lancaster Street Schenectady, 12308

Schenectady County residents can learn more about rabies, or schedule an appointment at, or by calling (518) 386-2818. Appointments are limited.

Schenectady County conducted its first drive thru rabies clinic in September 2021 in Glenville. During that event, and 2 others held since, a total of 436 animals were vaccinated – 183 cats and 253 dogs.