Our Events

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The Wake County Animal Center offers rabies clinics, microchip clinics, offsite adoption events and more!  We also help to publicize local rabies and microchip clinics offered by community partners.  

Rabies & Microchip Clinic Information

  • Rabies vaccines are $5
  • Microchips are $10
  • All pets must be restrained at the clinic (either by a leash or in a carrier)
  • For a 3-year rabies vaccine, you must have written proof of prior vaccination - rabies tags alone will not be accepted as proof
  • Payment is by cash or check ONLY

Note:  Some clinics are sponsored by groups other than the Wake County Animal Center. They are posted on this page for the community to be aware.  Fees may be different than the prices listed above, and any deviation will be included in the event description. 

Adoption Specials at the Animal Center

As part of National Pit Bull Awareness Month, the Wake County Animal Center is running a special adoption campaign during October to find homes for pit bull type dogs currently living at the shelter. All October you can adopt them for just $25, a great discount from the usual adoption fee of $95.

Pit bulls might be the most misunderstood dogs, surrounded with negative stereotypes and false perceptions. The reality is that pit bulls are just about the nicest dogs out there. They’re among the most tolerant dogs tested by the American Temperament Test Society.

    Community Pet Days

    Community Pet Day will offer struggling pet owners low-cost wellness services, along with resources on how to find affordable pet food and supplies. Wake County Animal Center staff will be providing $5 rabies shots and $10 microchipping. Local veterinarian Dr. April Ward will also be on hand to offer a single-shot vaccine that protects dogs against several serious viruses. It’s called the DHPP, covering Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo and it will be offered at no-cost! A similar distemper combo-shot will be offered at no-cost for cats, called the FVRCP vaccine, covering Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia. Extended wellness exams for pets will not be offered due to time limitations. 

    Friends of Wake County Animal Center will also be on hand with spay/neuter voucher information and other low-cost food and pet supply resources. In addition to pet health resources, Wake County Health and Humans Services will be offering resources for families too, including no-cost at-home COVID tests and other wellness and low-cost program information.

    Community Pet Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following four Sundays:


    • CASH: While we’re working on a way to allow credit card payments, we can only accept cash at this time – each pet that receives a rabies and microchipping would be a total of $15.
    • WATER: It’s still hot and we’ve had a lot of people coming out for these events, so you and your pets may have to wait for more than an hour – please bring water for yourself and your cat or dog. If you have an umbrella or chair you’d like to bring while you wait, we encourage you to bring it!
    • RABIES PAPERWORK: We’re offering $5 rabies shots – both 1-year doses and 3-year doses, but we NEED pet owners to PLEASE bring your vet paperwork with proof of prior doses (a rabies tag on a collar is not sufficient). If you have the paperwork from your last rabies shot, you can get the 3-year vaccine for just $5. But if you do not have proof, your pet will only be able to get the rabies shot that lasts one year.
    • PATIENCE: Please pack your patience, we have so many people struggling to keep their pet families together and we want to help each and every one. Be prepared to wait with your pet – we’ll serve everyone we can while supplies last.

    For additional information please contact the Wake County Animal Center at  919-212-PETS (7387) or  animalcenter@wakegov.com.