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Animal rabies is a serious public health concern in Schoharie County.

Animals susceptible to rabies.

For the current NYSDOH Laboratory Confirmed Rabies Map for NYS.


Vaccinated pets serve as a buffer between rabid wildlife and people. Protect them, and you may reduce your risk of exposure to rabies. The initial rabies vaccination for dogs and cats is effective for a one-year period. After that, rabies revaccinations are effective for three years. Rabies is transmitted by contact with the saliva of an infected animal. This usually occurs through a bite wound, but some other types of exposure may also put you at risk. Do not handle pets with bare hands after any involvement with a suspected rabid animal. If your pet has saliva from a suspected rabid animal on it's fur, and you have open cuts or abrasions on your hands, there is a potential threat of the rabies virus being transmitted to you. Pet owners should keep a pair of thick gloves handy for just such situations.

In Schoharie County per NYS Public Health Law, rabies vaccinations are mandatory for dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets. The Schoharie County Department of Health, in an ongoing effort to help county residents keep their pets rabies vaccinations up-to-date, will be holding animal rabies clinics throughout the year during the months of January, May, and in August/September. Remember to bring proof of previous vaccination to qualify for a three year rabies certificate.

Check the local newspapers and the County website's Public Announcements for rabies clinic schedule dates and times approximately 1 month in advance. A donation for each rabies vaccination is appreciated to help offset clinic costs. If you have any questions about the rabies clinics, or rabies in general, contact the Schoharie County Department of Health at (518) 295-8382.

If a bat is found indoors and the indications dictate a probability of exposure, the bat should be captured and tested for rabies. For more information read the NYSDOH Rabies Fact Sheet and watch NYSDOH Catch the Bat video.