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COVID-19 City rabies clinic a success story

The OBSERVER's View

We have all learned to do some things in new ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these practices have been difficult while others are full of success.

Dunkirk’s drive-through rabies clinics is one of these items that has worked very well. Within the last month, the latest clinic handled 148 pets — nearly three times more than a clinic did in the past. Denise Zentz, Dunkirk dog control officer, said having a preregistration one week earlier makes all the difference.

“People preregister at one of our time slots and then after that I take them by phone to fill up the rest of them,” she said. “We try to do 150 per clinic and it’s in 15-minute increments, so they are given a time to show up and every 15 minutes we have a new group of people showing up.”

In other words, there is a better flow as people show up with appointments — not one big rush that would happen pre-COVID. For those who missed the recent clinic, there is another Another clinic is planned on May 1. Preregistration begins Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Dunkirk Dog Park located at 855 Main St. Ext.

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