Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Free Rabies Shots

via LoHudBlog's Paws and Claws:
This just in. Here’s the news release….The Westchester County Department of Health, in conjunction with the Sleepy Hollow Animal Hospital, will sponsor a free rabies vaccination clinic for cats, dogs and ferrets, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the animal hospital, 340 N. Broadway in Sleepy Hollow, NY.
Appointments are necessary.
Residents attending the clinic are asked to complete the client registration form at and bring it with them to the clinic. To make an appointment, or for more information, residents should contact the animal hospital directly at 914-631-0606.

All county residents are eligible to bring their dogs, cats and ferrets in for rabies vaccinations free of charge. No exam or other vaccinations will be given. Cats and ferrets must be brought in carriers and dogs must be on a leash. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled.

“Rabies is an extremely dangerous disease to humans and many animals,” said Westchester County Health Commissioner, Dr Joshua Lipsman. “Vaccination against rabies is essential for the protection of your pet and yourself and is required by law.”

Under New York State law, dogs, cats and ferrets must receive their first rabies vaccination no later than four months after birth. A second rabies shot must be given within one year of the first vaccination with additional booster shots given every one or three years after that, depending on the vaccine used. Owners who fail to get their pets vaccinated and keep the vaccinations up-to-date may be fined up to $1,000.