Friday, August 22, 2014
The Atlantic County Animal Shelter will hold its monthly free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on Sunday, August 24, 9-11 AM, at 240 Old Turnpike Road in Pleasantville.
Owners must bring dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. Vaccination records are also helpful if available.
The Atlantic County Animal Shelter provides a free rabies clinic each month to help protect pets and prevent the spread of rabies, a viral disease that affects the central nervous systems of infected warm-blooded animals. There is no cure for rabies, and it can be fatal if left untreated.
Atlantic County officials encourage residents to vaccinate their pets not only to protect them from the potentially deadly virus but to also provide a barrier to human exposure.
Rabies virus is spread by contact with the saliva of an infected animal. Transmission usually occurs through a bite wound, but may also be spread through a scratch or an existing open wound. Rabies is most common in raccoons and bats, but has also been found in skunks, foxes, cats, groundhogs and other wildlife in New Jersey.
Six cases of rabies have been confirmed in Atlantic County this year, four involving raccoons, one fox and one skunk. To learn more about the rabies virus, visit www.aclink.org/publichealth.
For more information about the Atlantic County Animal Shelter visit www.aclink.org/animalshelter or call (609) 485-2345.