• A virus that affects the brain and leads to death unless treated soon after exposure.
  • Animals pass the virus to other animals and to humans through saliva.
  • Any mammal can get rabies, but bats, skunks, foxes, and raccoons are most common. Dogs, cats, and ferrets can also get rabies.

Rabies Information

Animal Bites/Rabies Report Form

Rabies Vaccine Clinics

The Oneida County Health Department hosts rabies clinics throughout the year in various locations in the county. Pets will receive a one-year certificate if no prior proof of rabies is shown. A $10 donation per pet is requested to help with costs

Appointments are required for the clinic and can be made by calling 315-798-5064 by clicking "Rabies Vaccination Clinic" button below.
The following guidelines apply:

  • Per NYS Public Health Law, all dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated by 4 months old.  Dogs and cats need another dose at age 1 and then receive a booster dose every 3 years following.  Ferrets must receive booster doses annually.
  • Pets will receive a 1 year certificate if no prior proof of rabies vaccination is shown. 
  • Dogs need to be on a leash and cats need to be in a carrier or laundry basket.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic


How Do I Prevent Rabies?

  • Stay away from strays and wild animals.
  • Make sure pets are up to date on vaccinations.
  • Prevent Dog Bites

What Do I Do If I Have A Bat In My Home?

Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator: Licensed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Wildlife Rehabilitator: Licensed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Oneida County Partners