Did you know the law requires all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets be vaccinated for rabies every one to three years?
As a result of this law, and people getting their pets vaccinated, there are very few cases of rabies in Franklin County.
Some people who have indoor cats feel that they don't need to vaccinate their pet, but the rabies rates in New York state are higher in cats than in bats at this time. A cat is more likely to come into contact with a rabid bat or raccoon than a dog, even if the cat is an indoor cat. So it's important to vaccinate your cats for rabies even if they never go outside.
Rabies vaccinations are also available to domesticated ferrets.
All dogs, cats and ferrets must be at least 3 months old. All pets must be restrained by a leash or carrier and accompanied by an adult.
Two free rabies clinics are coming up in Franklin County:
-6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Westville fire station
-6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Malone fire station.