Rabies in Ontario County

Local Health Department's Role in Rabies PreventionSkunks

In New York State, county health departments are responsible for:

  • Arranging vaccination for people who have had contact with a rabid animal.

  • Offering free rabies vaccination clinics for cats, dogs, and ferrets.

  • Educating the public about rabies prevention

Is there Rabies in Ontario County? 

YES! In 2023, 5 wild animals submitted for testing were confirmed to have rabies. Among these animals was a rabid feral cat that bit multiple people. 


What About Bats?

Click here for more information about bat rabies and to learn how to catch a bat.

Reporting Potential Rabies Exposures

Ontario County Public Health: Monday-Friday, 8:30 and - 5:00 pm585-396-4343 or 800-299-2995
Ontario County Public Health: After 5:00 pm, weekends, and holidays585-396-4560
Ontario County Humane Society585-396-4590

Updated 1/2/2024