OCEAN COUNTY – For so long, we’ve been worried about the health of our family and friends, but our furry family members need some care, too.
That’s why the Ocean County Health Department has resumed the free rabies clinics at both their Northern Ocean County Animal Facility and their Southern Ocean County Animal Facility.
“Pet owners that have been waiting to have their pets inoculated for rabies can now call either of the two county animal facilities to schedule an appointment for this free animal care service provided by the Ocean County Health Department,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “Pet parents are asked to abide by all social distancing measures and shelter rules for the protection and safety of all the pets, owners and staff.”
Rabies vaccinations are by appointment only and members of the public are encouraged to register for the Northern Ocean County Facility clinic on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 732-657-8086. The Southern Ocean County Animal Facility clinics will take place on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month and the public should call 609-978-0127.
Social distancing requirements will be followed, of course. Staff and members of the public will have to wear face coverings. People should attempt to remain at least six feet apart at all times.
Staff will meet the arriving car side for completion of initial paperwork. The pet owner is encouraged to allow their pet to be taken into the building to receive the rabies vaccine while the owner remains in their vehicle. The pet will be returned to the vehicle following vaccination.
If the pet needs to have the owner with them, only one member of the public will be allowed inside at a time.
“It’s so important pet parents have their cat or dog vaccinated against the rabies virus,” advised Daniel Regenye. “There is no cure for this deadly disease – for animals or people – but being vaccinated is the next best thing to protecting the pets especially with summer here and the increased risk of potential face-to-face meetings with wildlife.”
Both animal facilities are open for adoptions, reclaims and surrenders – also by appointment only. Residents searching for a new pet are encouraged to visit the OCHD website at ochd.org and petfinder.com for pets available for adoption at either facility. All OCAF pets receive age-appropriate vaccines, are micro chipped and spayed or neutered.
“We are heading right smack into the heart of kitten season and will soon have dozens of cute adorable kittens available throughout much of the summer and fall. If you’re seriously considering adopting a kitten or – even a cat or dog – this is certainly the right time,” reminded Regenye.
The Southern Ocean County Animal Facility is located at 360 Haywood Road in Manahawkin. The Northern Ocean County Animal Facility is at 615 Fremont Street in Jackson.