From the Harford County Health Department:
The Harford County Health Department is sponsoring its annual rabies vaccination clinics for dogs, cats, and ferrets that are 3 months old and over on Sunday, April 24th and Sunday, May 1st, 2016, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at various locations throughout the county.
This past winter the Harford County Health Department conducted a study to determine the geographic and species distribution of rabies positive animals in Harford County over the last five (5) years.
Graduating veterinarian specialist and Master of Public Health degree candidate, Elizabeth Hepner, was the principal investigator. Ms. Hepner used GIS to map the rabies positive animals as her capstone project for her Masters degree at Virginia Tech. Her research attempted to determine if any spatial or geographic relationships were evident relative to population density, geographic features, or zoning classifications.
Harford County Health Officer, Susan Kelly states, “The mapping of the 100 rabies positive animals by location and species has provided our health department with some very useful information regarding local rabies epidemiology. Although the sample size is not yet statistically significant, at least initially some anecdotal observations can be made. Continued GIS mapping in subsequent years may enable us to determine if any statistically significant relationships are evident.”
Health Department pet rabies vaccination clinics, including cat vaccinations, will be conducted from 2:00p.m. until 4:00p.m. on the following dates and locations:
Sunday, April 24, 2016:
– Abingdon Fire Company — 3308 Abingdon Rd., Abingdon
– Harford County Equestrian Center (parking located at 702 N. Tollgate Rd.)
– Susquehanna Hose Company, No. 4 — Intersection of Revolution St. and Bloomsbury Ave., Havre de Grace
Sunday, May 1, 2016:
– Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Dept. — Corner of Rogers & Franklin Sts., Aberdeen
– Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Dept. — 3825 Federal Hill Rd., Jarrettsville
– Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Dept. — Rte. 7 & Mountain Rd. (Route 152), Joppa
– Darlington Volunteer Fire Dept. — 1209 Castleton Rd. (near intersection of Rts. 1 & 623), Darlington
Pet owners wishing to take advantage of the clinics and to save time are encouraged to download vaccination forms, available online at the health department’s website at www.harfordcountyhealth.com.
Forms must be completed using a ball-point pen and brought along with the pet to the clinic. In order for pets to be vaccinated at the clinic sites, dogs must be on a leash while cats and ferrets should be secured in cages. No animals other than dogs, cats, and ferrets will be vaccinated. The vaccination fee is $8.00.
Rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats, and ferrets are required by Maryland law. Certificates given at the clinics provide necessary proof of vaccination for dog licensing in Harford County. For more information about the clinics, please call the Health Department at 410-877-2300 or visit the Harford County Health Department website at www.harfordcountyhealth.com.