On Friday, March 10, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) contacted the Town Office to alert the town that a rabid raccoon has been confirmed in Cavendish, and another in Shrewsbury. Please:

• Do not try to capture or handle a wild animal, strays or even baby animals.

• Report unknown or strangely behaving animals to the game warden that serves Cavendish Timothy Carey 802-773-9101 or 802-259-9533

• Please have your pets vaccinated against rabies. Even cats that do not go outside should be vaccinated. A rabies clinic is being offered by the Sullivan County Human Society tomorrow, Saturday, March 11 from 9-noon at the Claremont Senior Center, 5 Acer Heights, Claremont. Cost is $10 per shot and it’s on a first come first serve basis.

• Do not feed wild animals, use "clean design" bird feeders.

• Keep garbage, trash and recyclables in containers with tight fitting lids.

• Raccoon-proof your compost.

• Feed pets inside the house.

• Keep pets indoors at night. If they are out during the day, keep them on a leash or in a closed space. Pets that roam free are more likely to get rabies.

• Wear protective gloves when handling a pet that has been involved with a wild or stray animal.

• Do not feed wildlife or make them into pets.

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