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.
Free Rabies vaccination clinics for dogs and cats are scheduled periodically.
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.