Department of Health & Human Services – West Windsor Township
June 28, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Jill Swanson, Manager of Environmental Health
Robert Hary, Health Officer
West Windsor Township
West Windsor Township 2007 Dog and Cat Census
West Windsor Township is conducting a community-wide dog and cat census during the months of June, July, and August. Census takers will be walking door to door on Saturdays to identify unlicensed dogs and cats. This program is mandated every two years by New Jersey State Statutes (N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.15.).
Residents that have unlicensed pets will be provided with applications and licensing guidelines. Regulations require that all dogs and cats over the age of seven months be vaccinated for rabies and licensed within 10 days of establishing residency within the Township. Rabies vaccinations must be valid through November 1, 2007, for dogs and February 1, 2008, for cats.
Rabies control and prevention is the key emphasis of dog and cat licensing programs. Rabies is a disease caused by a virus which can infect all warm-blooded mammals, including man. The rabies virus is found in the saliva of a rabid animal and is transmitted by a bite, or possibly by contamination of an open cut. Bats, raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, foxes, cats, and dogs represent about 95% of animals diagnosed with rabies in the United States. Due to the close relationship between owners and their pets, it is imperative that all pets have current vaccinations against this deadly disease.
Questions regarding rabies prevention, pet licensing and the census can be directed to the West Windsor Township Health Department at 609-936-8400.
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