BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Health Department has scheduled another free rabies shot clinic for all dogs and cats from 10 a.m. to noon on this Saturday, Jan. 12.

No appointment is necessary for the rabies vaccinations, which will be provided at the Bernards Township Public Works Garage, 277 South Maple Ave., in Basking Ridge.

[Updated] On Wednesday, Michelle Santoro of the health department said any state resident can attend any rabies clinic in the state.

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Health department serves six Somerset Hills and Morris County towns

The Bernards Township Health Department is the contractural agency serving Bernardsville, Bernards Township, Peapack and Gladstone, Long Hill Township, Chester Borough and Mendham Borough. 

In Bernards Township, dogs and cats must be licensed yearly, as per New Jersey and Bernards Township laws. All township dog and cat licenses expire annually on January 31, and must be renewed. 

Proof of rabies vaccination is required for a license for dogs and cats in Bernards Township. The rabies vaccination is available from private veterinarians. However, if a rabies vaccination was given through Bernards Township Clinic, the health department will have it on record.

If the dog/cat’s rabies vaccination expires before the end of the new license year, the owner will need to have the animal revaccinated prior to getting a new license, according to the health department.

The licensing of animals is an important aspect of rabies and animal control, according to the Bernards Township Health Department.

To receive a Bernards Township dog or cat license, information and an application are available on the Bernards Township Health Department website.