Rabies Precautions

The Department of Health offers the following advice regarding rabies prevention:

  • Never touch a wild animal, even if it is dead or injured.
  • LEAVE WILDLIFE ALONE. Do not make pets of wild animals or try to “save” baby animals even if they seem abandoned.
  • Educate children to stay away from stray animals. Do not pet stray animals.
  • Pets can get rabies - have your dogs and cats vaccinated and licensed.
  • Do not feed stray cats, since cats contract rabies six times more often than dogs.
  • Vaccinate all animals you take care of and prevent them from running loose.
  • Call the Animal Control Officer if you find stray animals.
  • Keep garbage cans covered with tight lids. Cap all chimneys, which raccoons often use as dens.
  • Keep sheds and garages and other possible den sites in good repair.
  • Keep pets indoors at night to avoid contact with rabies “high risk” animals.
  • If bitten by any animal, take as careful a look at the animal as is consistent with safety. Much may depend on the subsequent identification of the animal.
  • Immediately wash all animal bites thoroughly with soap and water. Call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room. Report the incident to the Health Department or Police Department as soon as possible.
All animal bites require immediate action! Call the Animal Control Office during the day or the Police Department for emergencies during the weekend or at night. Do not handle or keep wild animals as pets. Many of these animals (especially raccoons) may be carriers of rabies.

2018 FREE RABIES CLINICS:

The following is a list of free rabies clinics in our area.  All dogs must be on a non-retractable leash and be accompanied by an adult, and cats must be in carriers.

Where can I find more information about rabies?
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
www.cdc.gov/rabies/
New Jersey State Department of Health
http://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/rabies.shtml

PLEASE CONTACT THE TOWNSHIP TO CONFIRM DATES/TIMES AS THEY MAY HAVE CHANGED!

 
APRIL 2018
April 14                 S Plainfield          Public Works Garage                      9am-12pm          Dogs/Cats
                                                                51 Main St.
 
April 20                 Carteret               West Carteret Firehouse              4:30pm-7pm      Dogs/Cats
                                                                5 Pekola Terrace
 
April 21                 S Amboy              Independence Fire House           9am-12pm          Dogs/Cats
                                                                127-129 North Broadway
 
MAY 2018
May 5                    Spotswood         Spotswood Municipal Bldg           1pm-4pm            Dogs/Cats
                                                                77 Summerhill Road
 
May 5                    Sayreville             Public Works Garage                      9am-12pm          Dogs/Cats
                                                                167 Main St.
 
May 5                    Perth Amboy     Public Works Dept.                          9am-12pm          Dogs/Cats
                                                                599 Fayette St.
 
May 22                 Milltown              Public Works Dept.                          6pm-8pm            Dogs/Cats
                                                                39 Washington Avenue
 
JUNE 2018
June 2                   Edison                   Edison Municipal Complex           10am-12pm        Dogs/Cats
                                                                100 Municipal Blvd          
 
June 4                   Highland Park    Public Works Garage                      10am-12pm        Dogs/Cats
                                                                444 Valentine St.
 
June 8                   Highland Park    Public Works Garage                      7pm-9pm            Dogs/Cats
                                                                444 Valentine St.
 
SEPTEMBER 2018
September 15   Perth Amboy     Public Works Dept.                          9am-12pm          Dogs/Cats
                                                                599 Fayette St.
 
September 15   Cranbury             Cranbury Firehouse                        2pm-3pm            Dogs/Cats
                                                                2 S. Main St                        
 
OCTOBER 2018 
October 6            Edison                   Edison Municipal Complex           10am-12pm        Dogs/Cats
                                                                100 Municipal Blvd          
 
October 13          Old Bridge           Public Works Garage                      9am-12pm          Dogs/Cats
                                                                Route 516
 
NOVEMBER 2018
November 3       East Brunswick  Cultural Arts Center                        11am-12pm        Cats only
                                                                721 Cranbury Road            12pm-3pm          Dogs/Cats                          
 
November 3       Middlesex           Public Works Dept.                          10am-12pm        Dogs/Cats
                                                                110 Main St.
 
November 3       Plainsboro           Public Works Garage                      9am-10am           Dogs Only
                                                                20 Woodland Drive            10am-11am        Cats Only
 
November 10    New Brunswick City Hall Parking Lot (Rear)           9am-11am           Dogs/Cats
                                                                78 Bayard St                                      
 
November 10    Dunellen              Dunellen Firehouse                        9am-12pm          Dogs/Cats
                                                                231 South Madison Ave