September 14, 2009
Media Release

York Region and the Pefferlaw Association of Ratepayers offer low-cost rabies clinic to dog and cat owners


NEWMARKET – In partnership with the Pefferlaw Association of Ratepayers, The Regional Municipality of York is offering a low-cost rabies clinic.
 
WHEN: Saturday, September 19th
  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
WHERE: Pefferlaw Fire Hall
  270 Pefferlaw Road
  Town of Georgina
 
COST:  $20 per vaccination
(Cash only please)
 
Rabies is a viral infection transmitted in the saliva of infected animals.  The virus enters the central nervous system of the host and is almost always fatal once symptoms appear.  A post-exposure vaccine is available for humans in the event of contact with a rabid animal.
 
All pet owners have a legal requirement to vaccinate dogs and cats over three months of age.  Vaccinating your pet will protect them from acquiring rabies and will also help protect your family if your pet is bitten by a rabid animal. 
 
Residents can have their dogs and cats (over three months of age) vaccinated for $20 each.  For the safety of the pets and pet handlers, all animals must be under control either on a leash or in a pet carrier.
 
Any pit bull terrier, Staffordshire terrier, American pit bull terries or a dog that has the appearance and physical characteristics similar to these dogs must be muzzled.
 
For more information on rabies or any other public health program, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653.
 

For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell:  905 716-9753
 Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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