May 11, 2011
Media Release

Low-cost rabies clinic for York Region dogs and cats

 - During the month of May, The Regional Municipality of York is working with various partners to increase awareness about the dangers and risks associated with rabies. 
Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals, including humans.  Rabies is transmitted when there is contact with the saliva of an infected animal through a bite, lick or scratch.  A post-exposure vaccine is available for humans in the event of contact with a rabid animal. 
In Ontario, it is mandatory that all dogs and cats over the age of three months be vaccinated against the rabies virus.  York Region Community and Health Services, in conjunction with the Town of Newmarket, is hosting a low-cost rabies clinic.
WHEN: Sunday, May 29
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Hollingsworth Arena
35 Patterson Street
Town of Newmarket 
COST:  $15 per animal (cash only)
Residents can have their dogs and cats (over three months of age) vaccinated for $15 (cash only) per animal.   For the safety of the pets and the pet handlers, all animals must be under control either on a leash or in a pet carrier.
Notice to pit bull owners: Any pit bull terrier, Staffordshire terrier, American pit bull terrier or a dog that has the appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar to the dogs referred to must be muzzled. 
For more information on this or any other public health-related topic, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit
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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

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