County residents urged to take advantage of free rabies clinics after rabid skunk is found

Residents should be aware that a skunk found in the vicinity of 302 North Broadway, Pitman on March 9, 2019 has tested positive for rabies.

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus in the saliva of infected animals.  If left untreated can cause death. Post exposure treatment is needed immediately.

All pet owners are urged to check the vaccination status of their pets. Avoiding wild animals and keeping your distance from stray dogs and cats. Be aware that raccoons also feed in areas where outside cats are fed.   In order to ensure your safety, the Gloucester County Health Department recommends the that your pets have their current rabies vaccinations.

Gloucester County is offering the following free Rabies vaccination clinics:

Saturday, March 16
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Public Works Yard
407 Main Street, Mantua

Saturday, March 16
10 a.m. to noon
South Harrison Twp. Garage
664 Harrisonville Rd., South Harrison

Saturday, March 16
1 to 3 p.m.
Woolwich/Swedesboro Fire Station
1517 Kings Highway, Swedesboro/Woolwich

Saturday, March 16
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wenonah Firehouse
14 South West Ave., Wenonah

Saturday, April 27
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Public Works Garage
1702 Hurffville Road, Deptford

For questions about the Rabies Clinics contact the Gloucester County Department of Health at (856) 218-4101. In order to ensure your safety, the Gloucester County Health Department recommends the following:

– If you are a cat or dog owner, be sure your pets have current rabies vaccinations. Contact the Gloucester County Health Department for a schedule of free rabies clinics in Gloucester County.

– Make sure your children do not handle stray or unfamiliar animals, as well as wildlife.

– If you see an animal that appears disoriented or exhibits strange behavior, do not handle it. Immediately notify the Gloucester County Animal Control Office (856-881-2828).