Free Rabies Clinics
Rabies clinics are held for animals throughout the year. New York State requires a current rabies vaccine for every dog, cat, or ferret. These clinics are held at various locations in the county.
All dogs and cats should be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months of age and re-vaccinated 1 year later, then every 3 years thereafter. Pregnant cats will not be vaccinated.
Ferrets should be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months of age and re-vaccinated yearly thereafter.
Vaccines are administered in accordance with the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV).
Free Rabies Clinics By Appointment
For the convenience of local pet owners, Washington County Public Health continues to hold free rabies clinics that routinely are held from March through November annually. There is no charge for the vaccination, however donations are accepted. Rabies Clinics are Drive-Through Clinics.
Clinics are By Appointment ONLY and Registration is Required prior to the clinic. (Registration dates will be listed on the schedule.)
Washington County Public Health will hold a "Drive-Thru" Rabies Clinic By Appointment Only on Saturday, March 23rd at the Whitehall Town Highway Garage, 10072 State Route 4, Whitehall, NY 12887.
There is no charge for the vaccination, however donations are accepted.
You MUST register for the clinic using Public Health’s online scheduling system. Appointments will be scheduled by going to the Public Health Rabies webpage during the designated registration dates listed on the schedule. You will find a red "Rabies Clinic Registration" button below, which will take you click on to be taken to the registration system.
Registration for the Whitehall clinic will open on Wednesday, March 13th and will end on Wednesday, March 20th, or when the clinic appointments are filled, whichever comes first. Appointments will need to be made for each pet being vaccinated.
People will get confirmation of appointment time, date and location in their email at the end of registration. They will also get an e-mail reminder 24 hours before to the Clinic date.
If someone does not have the internet of has questions about appointments, they can call Washington County Public Health at 518-746-2400.
Keep the following in mind if you attend the Rabies Clinics:
- Clinics are By Appointment ONLY and Registration is Required prior to the clinic. (Registration dates will be listed on the schedule.)
- You will get confirmation of appointment time, date and location in your email at the end of registration. You will get an e-mail reminder 24 hours before to the Clinic date.
- Do not arrive earlier than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
- Pregnant female cats will not be vaccinated.
- All Dogs and Cats should be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months of age and re-vaccinated 1 year later, then every 3 years thereafter.
- Ferrets should be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months of age and re-vaccinated yearly thereafter.
- All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.
- Owners and pets must stay in your vehicle until instructed otherwise. This is a drive through clinic.
- Have pets relieve themselves before arriving to clinic. Pets/Owners are not allowed to walk around the clinic site.
- To get a 3-year certificate, proof of previous vaccination should be submitted by the Wednesday before the clinic date. (Tags do not count as proof of vaccination, you need the paperwork to get a 3-year certificate.)
- Note: You can still register if you don't have the paperwork, however, the vaccination will be marked as a 1 year vaccination until you send proof of the previous vaccination. Once proof of previous vaccination is provided, the vaccination will be changed to a 3-year vaccination. (See directions below or click here: PDF of Directions to Change Certificate)
- All Clinics are Free and open to the public. (Donations are accepted.)
How to Change your Rabies Certificate from a 1 year to a 3 Year Certificate
If your animal has been vaccinated before, you should have a Rabies Certificate as proof of vaccination. After their first year, vaccination is done every 3 years.
We must receive proof of previous vaccination to mark the new Rabies Certificate to a 3 year certificate. If we do not receive proof of previous vaccination, Rabies Certificates are marked as a 1 year certificate.
You can have your Rabies Certificate updated to a 3 year certificate, by sending proper documents to Washington County Public Health.
Contact the Vet or the agency where the pet was vaccinated before to get a copy of the record. (Your Dog License from the Town Clerk is okay if it shows when the last rabies vaccination was given.)
Bring or fax these documents to our office at the number and address below:
Address: 415 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839
If you have any questions regarding guidelines or our clinic schedule, feel free to call us at 518-746-2400 or 1-800-624-4221.
All animal bites should be reported to Public Health. Click on the image below for the Form.