Department of Health
For Immediate Release
A recent rabies exposure was handled by the Columbia County Department of Health involving the Animal Kind Cat Rescue. One cat was found to be positive for rabies. The Animal Kind Director and staff have been most cooperative in providing information for the investigation and have voluntarily closed for ten days to monitor and protect the other animals. Anyone who may have had exposure to the cat has been identified and either cleared or receiving post-exposure rabies vaccine. One cat does not indicate a rabies outbreak.
County residents can also limit their exposure to rabies by keeping pets properly vaccinated.
CCDOH hosts several free rabies clinics for cats, dogs and ferrets throughout the year. There is no charge to Columbia County residents, however donations are accepted. Pet owners who bring animals to the clinic are responsible for the control of their pets; cats and ferrets should be secured in a sturdy carrier, and dogs should be on a leash. CCDOH staff members are on hand at the clinics to assist pet owners as needed. Breeders should obtain rabies immunization through veterinary services.
The next rabies vaccination clinic for 2017 has been scheduled for:
August 8th (Tue) New Lebanon Town Garage Intersection of Route 22 and Old Post Road
Cats and Ferrets 4:00 –5:00
Dogs 5:00 -6:00 Dr. Lisa Dietrich - attending Nassau Vet Clinic
Dates and times for additional rabies clinics are available on the Columbia County Department of Health website (visit www.columbiacountyny.com and select “Department Links” to find the Health Department), or by calling the Health Department at (518)828-3358.