Rabies clinics come to a town near you

Meeee…OW! Veterinary Assistant Klima held a somewhat surprised cat while Veterinarian Klay did the honors. Photo by David Lee

ANCRAMDALE—Veterinarian Melissa Klay and Assistant Veterinarian Michelle Klima from the Copake Veterinary Hospital administered rabies vaccinations at the Ancram Town Highway Garage March 10 during the season’s first of seven rabies vaccination clinics around the county throughout the year.

The free rabies clinics are sponsored by the Columbia County Department of Health. By the end of the morning about 80 pets had been vaccinated.

All New York State counties (except New York City counties) are required to provide free rabies vaccination clinics every four months. The shot is good for three years. The next county rabies vaccination clinic will be in Germantown April 14. Rabies information and the clinic schedule is available at www.columbiacountyny.com.

Also providing information at the clinic was Beverly Ditto of Collaborative Cats of Columbia County, a feline fostering, rescue and rehoming organization. She was advertising a low-cost spay and neuter clinic Tuesday, March 20 at the Freshtown parking lot, 5094 Route 22 in Amenia. She was also selling raffle tickets to benefit the trap, neuter release and low cost spay-neuter program operated by Collaborative Cats Cat Wranglers of Claverack.

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