Rabies Information

dog getting a shotWe are urging the public to help protect themselves and to prevent the spread of rabies by taking the following steps:

  • Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all dogs, cats and ferrets. It's the law!
  • Do not allow your pets to run free. If a wild animal bites your pet, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately.
  • Call Animal Services to have stray dogs removed.
  • Feed your pets indoors.
  • Don't use your hands to break up a fight between animals.
  • Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or regularly vaccinated.
  • Avoid direct contact with unfamiliar animals.
  • Do not handle, or feed wild animals (raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes) or unintentionally attract them with open garbage cans or litter.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick animals to health.
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
  • Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches and schools, where they might come in contact with people and pets. If you find a bat in your home, contact the health department.
  • When traveling abroad, avoid direct contact with wild animals and be especially careful around dogs in developing countries.

For additional information, please visit the CDC's website.