Spring rabies clinics scheduled for May

May 05, 2014

Spring rabies clinics will be held throughout Haywood County for five days beginning May 19.

Every spring and fall, Haywood County Animal Services, the Haywood County Health Human Services Agency and veterinarians from several animal hospitals around the county collaborate on a series of Rabies Clinics to encourage citizens to get their pets vaccinated.

According to North Carolina law, in order for a rabies vaccine to be current, all dogs, cats and ferrets ages four months old and older must be vaccinated against rabies. North Carolina courts have ruled that to be in compliance with the law, a licensed veterinarian must administer the rabies vaccination.

The clinics will be held at the following locations:

— Monday, May 19, at Riverbend Elementary School and Old Fines Creek School

— Tuesday, May 20, at Canton Middle School in the bus parking lot

— Wednesday, May 21, at Hazelwood Elementary School

— Thursday, May 22, at Jonathan Valley School

— Friday, May 23, at Bethel Middle School in the bus parking lot

The clinics will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost per vaccine is $9. Participating veterinary clinics include Animal Hospital of Waynesville, Balsam Animal Hospital, Canton Animal Hospital, Country Lane Animal Hospital, Junaluska Animal Hospital and Maple Tree Veterinary Hospital. Most veterinary hospitals will also offer rabies shots for $9 during normal business hours on each of the clinic days.

For more information on rabies in Haywood County, call Animal Services at 456-5338 or the county Environmental Health Department at 452-6682.