According to the World Health Organization, tens of thousands of people worldwide die because of rabies each year, and 40% of people who are bit by a rabid animal are kids who are under the age of 15.

Tioga County is on a mission to help cut down those numbers and so they'll be offering free rabies clinics for dogs, cats, and domesticated ferrets. A $10 donation per animal is requested, but definitely not necessary and no animal will be turned away.

According to New York State, all puppies and kittens must get their first rabies shot at 3-months-old and then they must get a booster shot at a year old, and then every three years thereafter. Ferrets, on the other hand, must get a rabies shot every year. If your animal isn't vaccinated, you can be slapped with a fine of up to $200 per animal.

Don't risk it- take advantage of one of these free rabies clinics that Tioga County is offering.

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    Owego

    Saturday, April 28th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.- Hickories Park, 359 Hickories Park Rd., Owego.

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    Newark Valley

    Thursday, May 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Newark Valley Fire Station, Rte. 38, Newark Valley.

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    Apalachin

    Thursday, June 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Apalachin Fire Station, 230 Pennsylvania Ave., Apalachin.

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    Spencer

    Thursday, July 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Spencer Fire Station, Main St., Spencer.

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    Berkshire

    Thursday, August 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Berkshire Fire Station, 12515 State Rte. 38, Berkshire.

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    Nichols

    Thursday, September 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Nichols Fire Station, 106 W River Rd., Nichols.

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    Campville

    Thursday, November 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.- Campville Fire Station #3 (Owego Location),1307-1315 State Rte. 38, Owego.