Rochester Community Sports Complex will hold clinic to vaccinate dogs for parvovirus

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester Animal Services is organizing a free clinic on Friday for city residents to vaccinate their dogs against distemper/parvovirus. It comes after a parvovirus outbreak at the shelter on Verona Street killed 11 dogs around Christmas.

The vaccine clinic is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rochester Community Sports Complex on Smith Street at parking lot C. There will also be clinics at the same location and time on Friday, Jan. 5 and Friday, Jan. 19. You can call 428-9743 to get more information.

Rochester Animal Services also announced that it will expand its hours for visiting and adoption starting Sunday, Dec. 31 so its hours fall outside the traditional workday. Here are the new hours:

  • Noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with the exception of the third Tuesday of each month, when the shelter will be closed for staff and volunteer training.
  • Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
  • Closed on Fridays

Rochester Animal Services is still not accepting dog surrenders but resumed pet adoptions by appointment on Wednesday. During the outbreak, people and rescue organizations fostered 14 dogs who were asymptomatic. The shelter is still seeking help from the community to foster dogs on an emergency basis through quarantine. You can call 585-428-7274 if you’re interested.