Every year local and state health officials strongly encourage rabies vaccinations for pets. Though you may be tired of hearing it, we continue to push this message for good reason! The number of local rabies cases in animals has grown over the past several years. Our pets and our people continue to have greater contact with wildlife as we share the same environment. Finally, and most importantly, there is no cure for rabies, once the person or animal has contracted it. Your chance of survival is almost zero.
Rabies is caused by a virus, which is usually passed from the rabid animal through a bite or scratch. The rabies virus then attacks the nervous system and progresses to the point that no treatment will cure it. Raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes account for most of the rabies cases in the US, including in Guilford County. No matter how it tugs at your heart, it is never a good idea to try to pet or help a wild animal. The animal may be rabid and could attack and harm you very easily. You don’t need to be afraid of wild animals, just use good judgment around them. Don’t chase, try to capture or rescue them, and always keep a safe distance.
The rabies vaccination (see clinic schedule below) is the best way to prevent your pets from contracting rabies. Get your domestic animals (dogs, cats, ferrets, cows and horses) vaccinated. It’s safe, easy and cheap. No, the vaccination will not prevent your pets from being exposed to rabies (if they get into a fight or get bitten by a rabid animal), but it will prevent the rabies virus from making your pet sick. Remember, getting a rabies vaccination for your pet will be less painful than deciding what to do after your pet is exposed to the virus. Once your pet is protected, that helps protect you, the owner, as well.
Other things you can do to prevent your pet from being exposed:
• leash your pets when they go outside,
• take up food and water after a reasonable time if you feed your animals outside so you won’t attract wild animals
• DO NOT try to separate fighting animals.
If you see an unknown pet wandering in your neighborhood or acting strangely, call Animal Control at (336) 641-5990; in High Point, call (336) 883-3224. Wild animals wandering or acting strangely should be reported to Wildlife Resources at 1-800-662-7137. Don’t risk your pet’s life - have your pet vaccinated.
2014 Low Cost Animal Rabies Vaccination Clinic Schedule
The cost of the rabies vaccination will be five dollars ($5.00) per shot per animal. Cash and personal checks will be accepted. The vaccination is good for one year. For your pet’s safety and the safety of others at these clinics, dogs must be leased and cats must be in carriers.
When a veterinarian is on site AND the pet owner brings his/her pet’s vaccination certificate from last year, a three-year rabies vaccination can be obtained for an additional cost.
March 8, 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m., Jamestown Town Hall, 301 East Main Street
High Point, WGHP-FOX 8
April 16, 1:30p.m. to 5:30p.m., 2005 Francis Street
April 17, 3:00p.m. to 7:00p.m., 2005 Francis Street
Greensboro, Winsor Center
May 3, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, 1601 E. Lee Street
Summerfield Fire Station #9
June 21, 9:00a.m. to 12 noon, 7400 Summerfield Road
Gibsonville Fire Station #28
August 23, 9:00a.m. to 12 noon, 6619 NC Highway 61 North
Pleasant Garden, Town Hall
September 27, 9:00a.m.to 1:00p.m., 4920 Alliance Church Road
North Carolina law requires that all domestic pets, whether living inside or outside, age four months or older must be vaccinated against rabies.
February 11, 2014