Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is pleased to partner with the Town of North Hempstead to offer free rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets. Open to all Nassau County residents, the vaccination clinic will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter located at 75 Marino Avenue in Port Washington.“This vaccination clinic is a great opportunity for residents to protect their pets against rabies,” said County Executive Mangano. “I encourage Nassau County pet-owners to take advantage of this free vaccination clinic, and I thank Town of North Hempstead for partnering with Nassau County to protect our pets.”Rabies, an infectious viral disease, affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. Rabies is transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal. However, the virus may also be transmitted when the saliva of a rabid animal comes into contact with cut, open, or scratched skin lesions. “Rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets are required by New York State law,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein. “Having a current rabies vaccination eliminates the need for pets to be euthanized or strictly quarantined for six months in the event your pet comes in contact with animals that are known to carry and transmit the virus.” To make a reservation, or for additional information please call the Town of North Hempstead at (516) 869-6311.