A day after announcing the second bat in a week was confirmed to have rabies, the county announced free rabies vaccination clinics would resume at the Atlantic County Animal Shelter after a brief suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A canine clinic is scheduled for Sunday, July 12 and a feline clinic is scheduled for Sunday, July 26. Both will be held 9 a.m. to noon, by appointment, with a limit of three pets per appointment.

Appointments may be made online at www.aclink.org/animalshelter. Clinics are animal-specific so cats cannot be brought to the dog clinic and vice-versa.

Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. Owners are encouraged to provide previous rabies vaccination records at time of appointment.

Owners are advised to arrive promptly at their scheduled appointment time. They will then be directed to a designated area with markers to ensure and maintain social distancing. All individuals must wear masks. Those who arrive late may be asked to reschedule.

Residents are encouraged to vaccinate their pets to not only protect the animals from the potentially fatal viral disease but to also protect family members from contracting the disease from an infected pet.


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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.