County to Offer Free Rabies Clinic on Sunday, April 7th

County to Offer Free Rabies Clinic on Sunday, April 7th

Poughkeepsie…The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) and the Dutchess County SPCA continue their partnership hosting their next free rabies vaccination clinic on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at the Red Hook Town Hall located at 7340 South Broadway, in the town of Red Hook, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This clinic is open to dogs, cats, and domestic ferrets 3 months of age and older. Pre-registration is required and will open on Wednesday, March 20th. Residents can register at or by calling the DCSPCA at 845-452-7722 extension 425.

The clinic is free for Dutchess County residents; non-residents will be charged a fee of $10 per pet vaccinated. All dogs must be on leash, and cats and domestic ferrets must be in carriers. Vaccinations will be good for three years for pets with proper proof of a prior immunization. For those without proof, the vaccination will be good for one year.

Rabies vaccinations are required by New York State law for all cats, dogs, and domestic ferrets by the age of four months of age. Pet owners are required to revaccinate on a regular schedule to keep the animal properly immunized against the rabies virus.

DBCH is available 24/7 to assist with any questions or concerns regarding potential rabies exposure to people or domestic animals. Pet owners should report to DCBH any incident in which their pet has been bitten by or has an open wound exposed to the saliva or nervous tissue of a domestic or wild animal. Staff will investigate and advise the pet owner of any necessary steps they should take to ensure the safety of their animal.

Residents who see an animal acting strangely are advised to contact their local police agency. If a person has been bitten, or a domestic pet is bitten or is in contact, with any animal, they’re to contact DBCH immediately at 845-486-3404 Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or 845-431-6465 on nights and weekends.

To learn more about rabies please visit or contact DCBH at

Author: Harlem Valley News