September 18, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 038-15
Friday, September 18, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT:
Christopher Miller/Veronica Lewin:
(347) 396-4177, pressoffice@health.nyc.gov

Health Department to Hold Rabies Vaccination and Dog Licensing Events on September 19 And 27

Licensing helps reunite lost dogs with their owners via the dog eLocator system

Saturday, September 19th event will be held in Flushing; Marine Park event will occur on Sunday, September 27

September 18 2015 - For the next two weekends in September, the Health Department and Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, State Senator Martin J. Golden, City Council Member Peter Koo, and LaGuardia Community College, will provide free vaccinations to dogs and cats in Brooklyn and Queens. Convenient, on-the-spot licensing for dogs will also be available at both events. Due to limited supply, pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please call (347) 396-7998 before 5 p.m. today.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 27, Health Department and ACC staff will host the following events, giving pet owners a quick and easy way to vaccinate their pets and obtain or renew a dog license:

  • Saturday, September 19 - Kissena Park Boathouse: 164th Street and Oak Avenue, Flushing, NY 11358
  • Sunday, September 27 - Salt Marsh Nature Center: 3301 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11234

“Vaccinating your pets is the best way to protect them against infection,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett. “With the help of Animal Care Centers of NYC, NYC Parks, the Mayor's Alliance for NYC’s Animals and our elected officials, Queens and Brooklyn pets can be vaccinated for free at these events and have the best defense against many deadly diseases, like rabies. Pet owners can also take their dogs to one of these events and return home with a new license.”

“Dogs and cats adopted from ACC receive vaccinations prior to leaving for their new homes, and we appreciate this opportunity to help provide vaccinations to pets in the wider community,” said ACC Executive Director Risa Weinstock. “Dog licenses - which are required by law - are one of the best ways to ensure lost canine companions are reunited with their families.”

“We are delighted to collaborate with the City to bring these important services to our community’s pets,” said Jane Hoffman, President of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. “It's one of the ways we can help New Yorkers be responsible pet owners and do the right thing for their pets.”
To participate, animals must be healthy and at least 3 months old. Participants must bring their pet's past rabies certificate to obtain a 3-year vaccination certificate. If pet owners do not have a record, or if the animal is receiving the vaccine for the first time, a 1-year vaccination certificate will be issued.
New York City requires that all puppies and kittens get their first rabies shot between 3 and 4 months of age. They also need to get a booster shot one year later and then again every 1 to 4 years.
Additionally, New York State law requires that all owned dogs be licensed and the NYC Health Code requires every dog owner to have a dog license tag attached to their dog’s collar while in public. The annual fee to license your dog in New York City is $8.50, if your dog is spayed or neutered. If your dog is not spayed or neutered, the fee is $34. Dog licenses are also available online at nyc.gov/Dog Licensing .

Getting a free vaccine for your dog is not contingent upon license status. Dog owners will not be cited for violations at these events if they do not have a current license for their pet. The Health Department will also waive the $2 late fee for renewing an expired license at these events. All major credit cards, debit cards and checks will be accepted at the events. All pets must be on a leash or in a secure carrier.

Benefits of Dog Licensing:

  • Licensing helps reunite lost dogs with their owners via the dog eLocator system .
  • With proof of current dog license and rabies vaccination, your dog can run off-leash in the NYC Parks' dog runs .
  • Licensing is important to family emergency preparedness planning to ensure a dog and its owner are reunited in case of separation during an emergency.
  • Information about licensed dogs assists in the medical follow-up of individuals potentially exposed to infected dogs, which is especially important during rabies outbreaks.

Pet Health and Safety Tips

  • Make sure your pet is fixed: Spaying or neutering reduces the number of unwanted dogs or cats, reduces risk of cancers and helps prevent territorial aggression - studies show unaltered animals are more likely to bite than altered ones. All cats allowed outdoors must be spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies.
  • Keep your dog on a leash: To keep people and pets safe, especially from unfriendly dogs, all dogs must be kept on a leash when in public, except for in designated park areas.
  • Pick up after your pet: According to City law, pet owners must pick up pet waste from sidewalks and other public spaces. Failure to clean up after your dog can result in a fine.
  • Get your dog to the vet each year: Like you, your dog needs a regular check-up and important vaccinations to stay healthy. Visits to the vet can help you stay on top of any health issues and preventable diseases.

For more information, please click here or visit the Dog Licensing page at nyc.gov.

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