Spring rabies clinics set for May 20-24
Those who have pets that need a rabies vaccination should mark their calendars for the week of May 20-24.
Every spring and fall, Haywood County Animal Services, the Haywood County Health Department 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, the rabies vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.
The clinics will be held at the following locations:
- Monday, May 20 – Jonathan Valley School and Old Fines Creek School
- Tuesday, May 21 – Canton Middle School (bus parking lot)
- Wednesday, May 22 - Hazelwood Elementary School
- Thursday, May 23 – Riverbend Elementary School
- Friday, May 24 – Bethel Middle School
The cost per vaccine is $9. The clinics will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Participating veterinary clinics include Animal Hospital of Waynesville, Balsam Animal Hospital, Canton Animal Hospital, Country Lane Animal Hospital, Junaluska Animal Hospital and Maple Leaf 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, contact Animal Services at 456-5338 or the county Environmental Health Department at 452-6682. There is also a wealth of information on rabies available on the web from the Epidemiology Division of North Carolina Public Health at www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/rabies/, or from the federal Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/ .