Residents are urged to vaccinate pets against rabies
Cape May Court House – “The best way to avoid potential exposure to rabies is to vaccinate your dogs and cats,” said Cape May County Commissioner Jeff Pierson. An encounter with a potentially rabid animal can be fatal for your pet--particularly if your pet is not currently vaccinated--and puts your family in danger of being exposed to rabies,” he added. Residents are advised to take precautions when encountering wild animals, particularly raccoons. Rather than approach a wild animal, call your local animal control officer for assistance.
Health Officer, Kevin Thomas stated, “Rabies is a fatal disease in humans and any animal bite should be taken seriously.” The rabies virus is shed in the saliva of animals that are infected with the virus. If an animal bites you, wash the wound, seek medical attention immediately, and notify the Cape May County Department of Health and your municipal animal control agency. If you are exposed to a rabid or suspected rabid animal, you must receive rabies shots as soon as possible to prevent the disease. If your pet has contact with a wild animal, contact your veterinarian and the Department of Health right away.
State law requires all dogs seven months and older to be licensed with your local municipality and rabies vaccination is a requirement for licensing. Most municipalities also have ordinances for cats. Many municipalities hold free or low-cost rabies vaccination clinics and rabies vaccine is also available from local veterinarians. Upcoming municipal rabies clinics include (call your municipality to confirm):
CAPE MAY COUNTY 2022 FREE RABIES CLINICS
571 Petersburg Road February 12, 2022 1 P.M. – 3 P.M.
Shore Veterinary Hospital February 26, 2022 1 P.M. – 3 P.M.
73 Hope Corson Road
Woodbine Ambulance Building March 05, 2022 10 A.M. – 12 P.M.
513 DeHirsch Avenue
901 Atlantic Avenue March 12, 2022 2 P.M. – 3 P.M.
North Wildwood, NJ
Cape May City
643 Washington street March 16, 2022 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.
Cape May, NJ
Public Works Building March 19, 2022 2 P.M. – 3 P.M.
400 West Mechanic Street
Public Works Building April 30, 2022 9 A.M. – 11 A.M.
771 Seashore Road
Erma, NJ 08204
Public Works Building September 10, 2022 2 P.M. – 3 P.M.
400 West Mechanic Street
For more information on animal rabies, go to: http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/rabies.shtml. To receive information on public health news and local events, “like” the Cape May County Department of Health on Facebook.