Low-Cost Rabies Clinic
About This Event
To help keep pets and their owners protected from rabies, the Wake County Animal Center is hosting a low-cost rabies clinic on Wednesday, Sept. 28, World Rabies Day, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Families with dogs or cats are invited to the Wake County Commons Building parking lot, located at 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh.
One-year and three-year rabies vaccines will be available for $5 per pet. To receive a three-year vaccine, pet owners must show a prior vaccination certificate at the event (a rabies tag cannot serve as proof). Without paperwork showing prior rabies shots, pets will only receive a 1-year rabies dose. Cats and dogs need to be at least 3 months old to receive rabies shots. Quantities are limited and available on first-come, first-served basis.
Cash is the only method of payment accepted at this time. All dogs must be on a leash, and cats must be in a carrier. Administering the shot only takes a few minutes, but in case of a large turnout, please be patient and bring water for yourself and your pets should you have to wait.
Wake County Health & Human Services will also be offering low-cost resources and programs at the event to help keep the entire family healthy. They’ll have a supply of free at-home COVID-19 tests, information about protecting your family from rabies, and other health services information.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease that can infect both animals and humans. If an exposed person or animal is not treated quickly, the virus is fatal. Rabies can spread to people and pets if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal. In North Carolina, rabies is mostly found in wild animals such as bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes.
Rabies can be prevented by vaccinating pets, staying away from wildlife and seeking medical care after potential exposures before the onset of symptoms.