Free Rabies Clinic Canceled For 2021

Free Rabies Clinic Canceled For 2021

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The rabies clinic is canceled this year, but officials still urge the public to get their pets vaccinated. (Photo courtesy of veterinarypracticenews.com)

Due to public health precautions related to limiting the spread of COVID-19, Ocean City’s annual Free Rabies Clinic will not be held in 2021.

In prior years, the service was offered by the Humane Society of Ocean City in January at the Ocean City Fire Department at 550 Asbury Avenue.

N.J. State Statute 4:19-15.1 and City Ordinance 87-17 Sec. 11-1 require that any person owning, keeping or harboring a dog of licensing age (7 months or older or possessing a set of permanent teeth) shall in the month of January and annually thereafter procure from the City Clerk’s Office a license and official metal tag for each dog owned.

To receive a dog license, the pet owner must first supply a rabies vaccination certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian indicating that the animals duration of immunity extends throughout at least the first ten months (10) of the twelve-month licensing period.

The fees for licensing a dog are $7 for a dog that has been neutered or spayed or $10 for dogs that have not been neutered or spayed.

Renewal notices are being mailed to current license holders. The Clerk’s Office is currently closed for in-person transactions with the public.

Any owner who would like to license their dog can provide payment and proof of rabies vaccination and neuter/spay by mail to City Clerk’s Office, City of Ocean City, 861 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, N.J. 08226 or call 609-525-9328 for more information.

A late fee will occur after March 31 for an additional $4. Please call (609) 525-9328 with any questions.