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Barn Cats
Thugs of the Homestead?
Working when they feel like it, sleeping the day away and partying all night. They don't hop, trot, gallop, waddle or run like the other resident critters—they saunter; and hopefully, they hunt.

Like other mammals, barn cats are susceptible to rabies and need to be vaccinated regularly.  In fact, they are much more likely to come into contact with rabies vector species (raccoons, bats, skunks, fox) than their indoor cousins. Read more...

Dog Bite Prevention
dog on leash
The Yellow Dog Project
Does your dog need a little extra space when out and about in the neighborhood? Perhaps he's had surgery or is nursing an injury. Maybe he startles easily due to poor vision and hearing loss as he ages. The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement for owners of dogs that need space. By attaching a yellow ribbon to your best friend, you can let those around him know he needs some special consideration. Click here for additional information or here to visit the Yellow Dog Project Website.

Dog vs. Child...No one really wins
Being bitten by a dog is painful and traumatic and children are at particular risk due to their size and unpredictable behavior. Though bites are often provoked, in many instances families opt to remove the offending pet from the home. This, too, can be traumatic. Dog bites can be prevented. Visit Doggone Safe for more information on cultivating respectful relationships between children and canines.

Do You Speak Dog?
A dog's body language tells a lot about its mood. Being fluent in "dog" can help you and your loved ones stay safe around dogs in your home and neighborhood. Click here to view a video about the language of dogs.

Rabies; How Big a Problem Is It?World

A Global Concern
Rabies is still a problem across the globe, occurring in over 150 countries and territories. More than 55,000 people die of rabies every year; mostly in Asia and Africa. Bites from infected dogs are the most common source of human infections, worldwide. Every year more than 15 million people get vaccinated against rabies, preventing hundreds of thousands of deaths.

In the United States, including here in New York, rabies disease in humans has nearly become a thing of the past. Did you ever stop to consider why? A strong public health infrastructure and effective rabies prevention programming have made a disease common at the start of the twentieth century, almost unheard of today. Rabies prevention programming in New York includes laws requiring pet vaccination; investigation of possible exposures; and provision of vaccine to exposed humans.

For more information about rabies, check out the following sites:
Click here to learn more about rabies in the United States
Click here to learn more about rabies in New York
Click here to learn more about rabies in Ontario County

Good News about a Very Bad Virus
Rabies infection is terrible and people diagnosed with rabies almost always die. For an illness that is so good at killing its host, however, the virus itself gets off to a very slow start. This is great news for people who are unlucky enough to get exposed. Rabies moves very slowly in the body leaving enough time to begin vaccination. When given correctly vaccine is 100% effective at preventing infection.

Got Bats?
View the New York State Department of Health's video, How to Catch a Bat, click here.

Updated 6/1/16