The West Orange Health Department is starting the new year with two free rabies vaccination clinics.
The first clinic will be held on Saturday, January 5, at the DPW, located at 25 Lakeside Ave. from 10 a.m. to noon. The second clinic will be held on Wednesday, January 9, at Fire Station #4, located at 280 Pleasant Valley Way from 3-4 p.m.
Owners bringing their pets must keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. New puppies and kittens must be at least four months old to receive the rabies vaccine. A licensed veterinarian will administer the vaccinations, said health department officials.
Animal licenses will be sold at both clinics. All dogs and cats must be licensed every year in West Orange. A current rabies vaccination is a requirement to purchase the annual license.
Even if your cat or dog doesn’t need a vaccination, a license must still be purchased for this year. Licenses for 2012 expire on January 31, 2013. The Health Department sends renewal applications to previously licensed pet owners in December.
Residents can also license their pets at the Health Department, located at 66 Main Street, Room 203 or through the mail. Late fees are charged on March 1.
Residents who choose to go to a private veterinarian for the vaccination must submit a rabies certificate to the Health Department to be added onto the pet’s licensing record. Vaccinations received at Township rabies clinics will be updated automatically.