BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater Division of Health is holding several rabies clinics for dogs and cats throughout the month of May.

Residents are strongly encouraged to have their dogs and cats immunized against rabies. According to a release, rabies in wildlife, especially raccoons, is still a health concern in New Jersey, and Bridgewater Township.

The best defense, the release said, is prompt vaccination of domestic animals.

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There will be four different clinics held throughout May.

The first is May 13 at the Bradley Gardens Firehouse, on Old York Road. Dogs will be immunized from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and cats from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

There will be a clinic May 16 at the Martinsville Firehouse, at Mt. Horeb and Washington Valley roads. Dogs will be immunized from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and cats from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The next clinic will be May 23 at the Finderne Firehouse, on East Main Street. Dogs will be immunized from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and cats from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The final clinic is May 27 at the Green Knoll Firehouse, at North Bridge Street and Foothill Road. Dogs will be immunized from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and cats from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Dogs must be securely leashed and accompanied by an adult, and cats must be leashed or contained in a secure box or carrier.

According to the release, current license information will speed processing, but is not necessary for vaccination.

All vaccinations will be provided free of charge.