Media Release

September 24, 2012

Rabies prevention starts with pet owners

Vaccinate your dog or cat at a low-cost rabies clinic on October 13
To mark World Rabies Day on Friday, September 28, The Regional Municipality of York is reminding pet owners to vaccinate dogs and cats to prevent the risk of rabies.

Residents can vaccinate pets at veterinary clinics or by attending a low-cost rabies clinic hosted by the Pefferlaw Association of Ratepayers on Saturday, October 13.

WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2012
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: Pefferlaw Fire Hall
270 Pefferlaw Road
Town of Georgina
COST: $25 (cash only) per dog or cat over three months of age.

For the safety of pets and pet handlers, all animals must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. Dogs that are or look like a pit bull terrier, Staffordshire terrier or American pit bull terrier must be muzzled.

Rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus that affects warm-blooded animals including humans. Although human cases of the virus are rare, rabies can spread through the bite, lick or scratch of an infected animal.

A post-exposure vaccine is available for humans in the event of contact with an infected animal. In Ontario, the most common animals that carry rabies are bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes.

Dogs and cats are at risk if they come into contact with an infected animal. In Ontario, it is mandatory for all dogs and cats over the age of three months to be vaccinated against the rabies virus.

World Rabies Day raises global awareness of the impact of human and animal rabies. Although human rabies is completely preventable, according to the World Health Organization more than 55,000 people around the world die from rabies every year.

For more information on World Rabies Day, visit

For more information on rabies or any other public-health related topic or to report a biting incident, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit

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Media Contact: Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York
905-830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 4106 After-Hours Cell: 905-955-2533

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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