According to the World Health Organization, tens of thousands of people worldwide die because of rabies each year, and 40 percent of people who are bit by a rabid animal are kids who are under the age of 15.

Tioga County is on a mission to help cut down those numbers and so they'll be offering free rabies clinics for dogs, cats, and domesticated ferrets over the course of the next few months. A $10.00 donation per animal is requested, but if money is tight, the donation is not necessary and your pet won't be turned away because you don't have the $10.00.

According to New York State, all puppies and kittens must get their first rabies shot at 3-months-old and then they must get a booster shot at a year old, and then every three years thereafter. Ferrets, on the other hand, must get a rabies shot every year. If your animal isn't vaccinated, you can be slapped with a fine of up to $200 per animal.

Don't risk it- take advantage of one of these free rabies clinics that Tioga County is offering.

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    Owego

    Hickories Park- 359 Hickories Park Road,  Owego, NY 13827. April 27th from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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    Newark Valley

    Newark Valley Fire Station- Route 38, Newark Valley, NY 13811. 05/23 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

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    Apalachin

    Apalachin Fire Department- 230 Pennsylvania Avenue, Apalachin, NY 13732. 06/20 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.