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How do you find a free rabies clinic?

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To find a free rabies clinic, perform a web search for free clinics in your town, city county or state; alternatively, contact town or city authorities, or your local department of animal control or public health, to find out when free clinics are scheduled. In some cases, states appoint an official to oversee rabies management. For example, the Massachusetts Rabies Coordinator can provide information on free rabies shots. Local animal welfare societies can also provide this information to pet owners.

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The Massachusetts Animal Coalition lists a number of free and low-cost resources for local pet owners on MassAnimalCoalition.com. As of 2015, the coalition reports that most rabies clinics offer affordable vaccinations that are between $5 and $15 dollars; however, some charities can help defray these costs. One such service is Petco's in-store rabies clinic, which does not charge exam fees. Other organizations, such as the Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals, provide free medications for animals. Check with local charitable societies to find free vaccination services.

Pet owners who reside in Genesee County, New York, can obtain free rabies vaccinations through the county's Public Health Department. These clinics are open to dogs, cats and ferrets, and the suggested donation for a vaccination is $5. Co.Genesee.ny.us lists the dates and times of the free clinics and offers advance registration.

Tompkins County also offers a free rabies program through its Environmental Health Division. This program is designed to help pet owners comply with New York's state law, which mandates that all pets get vaccinated. The clinics take place in the winter, spring and fall, and they provide pet owners with proof of vaccination that is valid for one year. TompkinsCountyNY.gov offers further information on how rabies is spread, and it provides monthly rabies reports.

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