Middle Township is sponsoring a free rabies clinic on Saturday, January 25, at the township's Department of Public Works, 400 West Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House. 2014 dog licenses will be available at the clinic.
According to Deputy Mayor Tim Donohue, the rabies clinic is being held in advance of a state-required dog census that will be conducted throughout Middle Township by the township's Department of Animal Control. All dogs over six months of age must be licensed by January 31st of each year. It was noted that the cost of a license is under $12, while recovering a lost dog at a shelter can cost $45 or more.
The State of New Jersey requires a dog census for each municipality to ensure that all dogs are vaccinated against rabies, which can be a deadly virus. Starting in February, Middle Township's Department of Animal Control will check each address that is not listed as having a dog license for its pet by the January 31 due date. Owners of unlicensed dogs will receive a warning letter and a license application at their home. If the owner does not get a license within the following 15 day grace period and another visit to the owner's home, a summons will be issued.
Dog licenses may be obtained at the Middle Township Clerk's office. License applications are available at www.middletownship.com. Information is available at (609) 465-8732.