The Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) is pleased to announce the resumption of free rabies clinics at both our Northern Ocean County Animal Facility and our Southern Ocean County Animal Facility. COVID-19 social distancing standards will be adhered to during the clinics with both staff and members of the public being required to wear face coverings.
“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.
OCAF staff will meet the arriving resident car side for completion of initial paperwork and 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 after which the pet will be returned to the vehicle following vaccination.
In the event the pet requires owner assistance, only one member of the public and his or her pet shall be permitted to enter the building with a staff member for the vaccination. At all times, a facemask or covering should be worn and all persons should attempt to remain a minimum of 6 feet apart.
“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 www.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.