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.

Vaccination Frequency

All dogs, cats, and ferrets should be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months of age and re-vaccinated 1 year later, then every 3 years thereafter. Please bring proof of any previous rabies vaccination. Vaccines are administered in accordance with the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV).

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Free Rabies Clinics By Appointment

For the convenience of local pet owners, Washington Count Public Health continues to hold free rabies clinics that are routinely held from March through November.  There is no charge for the vaccination, however donations are accepted. 

All 2022 Clinics are completed. Check back for the 2023 schedule.

Keep the following in mind if you attend a Rabies Clinic:

  • Clinic is By Appointment ONLY and Registration is Required Prior to the clinic.  (Registration dates will be listed on the schedule.)
  • Masks are required and should be worn the entire time.
  • Do not arrive earlier than 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
  • Leave pets in your vehicle until instructed otherwise.
  • Have pets relieve themselves before you arrive to the clinic site.
  • Proof of their previous vaccination will need to be provided prior to the clinic (Tags do not count as proof of vaccination, you need the paperwork.) 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 previous vaccination.  Once proof of previous vaccination is produced, the vaccination record will be changed to a 3 year vaccination.  (See directions on changing certificate below.)
  • All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.
  • All dogs and cats should be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months of age and re-vaccinated one year later, then every 3 years thereafter.
  • Ferrets should be vaccinated against rabies at 3 months of age and re-vaccinated yearly thereafter. 
  • All Rabies 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:

Fax: 518-746-2461

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.

PDF of Directions to Change Certificate

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