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Let’s talk about a different vaccine for a change … many things in government offices are behind or delayed this year due to COVID, but the requirements to have your pets vaccinated against rabies and licensed with your municipality are still in effect.

If your pet needs a rabies vaccination, the Cumberland County Health Department is offering the following free rabies vaccination clinics:

  • Maurice River Township, “The Grove,” 556 Main St., Leesburg, 9 to 11 a.m. March 20.
  • Waterfront Pavilion, 1 E. Broad Street Bridgeton, noon to 3 p.m. March 20.
  • Cedarville Fire Hall, 30 Maple Ave., Cedarville, 9 to 11 a.m. April 3.
  • Fairfield Township Municipal Complex, 70 Fairton-Gouldtown Road, Fairton, noon to 2 p.m. April 3.
  • Commercial Township Fire Hall, Battle Lane, Laurel Lake, noon to 3 p.m. April 17.

If you are not in a position to afford a regular veterinary visit and your pet needs more than just a rabies vaccination, other resources are available.

The shelter’s vaccine clinics begin on May 15 and will be offered monthly through October. Services available include: Vaccines for canine and feline distemper, canine Bordetella, canine Influenza, microchipping and nail clipping.

Also, the People For Animals clinic in Millville offers vaccines and other pet wellness services.

In addition to planning for your pet’s medical care, now is a good time to have a microchip implanted or, if your pet already has a microchip, to verify that your contact information is current in the registry. Microchipping your pet is the only means of indisputable proof of ownership.

Sadly, many pets come into the shelter with chips that are either not registered or that have outdated contact information. If you are having a chip implanted, verify with the facility putting the chip in who is responsible for completing the registration.

The shelter offers appointments for microchipping throughout the year. Cost is $40.

If you plan to attend a vaccine clinic, make sure your pet is securely confined on leash or in a carrier.

All cats should be in carriers. Be sure to check that the door and the fasteners that keep the carrier in one piece are properly attached.

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Dogs should be on a short leash, which keeps them within two feet of your body at all times. Make sure their collars or harnesses are in good repair and provide you with control of your dog at all times. Do not allow your dog to socialize with other dogs at clinics, as you may expose him to disease and parasites carried by others.

Special thanks to the Cumberland County Health Department for all their work this year in getting both people and pets vaccinated!

To submit an adoption form for one of the Pets of the Week or another animal at the shelter, visit

Source: South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter: It’s time to get your pets vaccinated and licensed

Posted in 2021, SJRAS Articles