Bridgeport Animal Control offering free vaccines, adoption drive Howl-O-Ween

October 13, 2017 GMT

BRIDGEPORT—Fairfield County is a rabies virus “hotspot,” and pet owners are required to keep their animals’ vaccines up to date.

On Friday, pet owners can get free rabies vaccines for their pets at Bridgeport Animal Control headquarters.

Racoons are the main transmitters of the disease East Coast by wild racoons. (West of the Mississippi, it’s primarily skunks and foxes, according to the CDC). In between raiding trash bins and setting of motion detectors, they can spread the disease by biting or even brushing up against domesticated animals.

Rabies can be fatal to humans, but those cases are extremely rare — last known human death from the disease in Fairfield County was in 1995.

But the penalties for not vaccinating pets can be steep, particularly if it’s suspected of having rabies, in which case owners have to pay for testing and up to six months of quarantine. (Vaccinated pets can be kept at home if they’re suspected).

Animal Control is also holding an adoption drive Saturday with music, food and a costume contest from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information check out the Animal Control Website.

If you go

Time: Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. “while supplies last.”

Location: Animal Control at 236 Evergreen Street in Bridgeport

Cost: Free (normally $15-$20)