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It is a requirement in North Carolina that all cats, dogs and ferrets over 4 months of age be vaccinated against rabies.  It is also a requirement that these animals wear a valid rabies tag at all times. Failure to comply with these requirements could result in a fine or fee.

Vaccinations are available from any licensed veterinarian.  Additionally, Orange County offers low-cost rabies clinics throughout the year. The dates, times and locations for these clinics are listed below and the vaccination cost is $10. Click here to see the list of clinics offered by OCAS.

Should your pet come in contact with an animal that might be considered a rabies carrier, contact Animal Control immediately at (919) 942-PETS (7387) .  In the event of contact is after regular business hours, call 911.

Important Rabies Resources

Rabies in Orange County and Low-Cost Clinics

Orange County's Animal Services Department schedules low-cost rabies clinics annually.  Clinics are very important as North Carolina continues to be affected by the epidemic of "eastern raccoon rabies" that began in the latter half of the 1990s.

In 2012 and 2013 there were 12 positive rabies cases in Orange County.  By comparison, there were 20 positive cases in 2008; 19 in 2007; 26 in 2006; and 24 in 2005.  2014 is showing signs of peaking again with higher numbers, because there is a cycle of rabies among host species (such as the raccoon in eastern seaboard states).  The incidence of rabies among a host species thus increases and decreases over a period of time. 

It is for this reason that Orange County residents are urged to remain vigilant.  Pet owners must be sure that our dogs, cats, and ferrets are currently vaccinated against rabies and also that they immediately receive a booster shot if there is any possible exposure to rabies or a rabies vector.

Low-cost rabies vaccination clinics are one of several rabies-related services offered by Orange County Animal Services.  Staff also educates the public, investigates potential rabies exposures, and enforces applicable rabies regulations.

2014 Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Schedule

 

Date Location Time
Thursday, September 25

Farmer's Market

Hillsborough

5 - 7 pm

Saturday, September 27

microchips offered at this clinic for $25

Animal Services Center

1601 Eubanks Road

Chapel Hill

9 am - 12 pm
Thursday, October 9

Farmer's Market

Hillsborough

5 - 7 pm

Thursday, November 13

microchips offered at this clinic for $25

Animal Services Center

1601 Eubanks Road

Chapel Hill

3 - 5 pm

 

All 2014 Rabies Clinics will be for 1-year vaccinations only. Cost for rabies vaccinations is $10. 

Checks, cards and cash will be accepted. 

Replacement rabies tags or rabies vaccination certificates for animals vaccinated at Orange County Animal Services Center are available for $6. Please visit in person during regular business hours to obtain a replacement.

Rabies Clinic Requirements

 

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Upcoming Events

Back to School Adoption Event- EXTENDED!

August 2014- Extended through September 6th, 2014!!

For the entire month of August, enjoy adoption specials for all dogs and cats! 

All cats and kittens: $50

All dogs and puppies: $60

 

Dog Swim!

September 13th

1-4 pm

Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill

Join us at Hargraves Pool for the 10th annual Dog Swim!  Always a ton of fun for dogs, owners and visitors!  $5 for dogs, people swim free!!  Dogs must be current on vaccinations, not in season and on a leash to enter.  Sponsored by Chapel Hill Parks & Rec and Animal Services!

 

Flyleaf Book Reading

September 18, 2014

7-8 p.m.

Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill

Join author Nancy Castaldo as she discusses her children's nonfiction book, 'Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Saved the World.' A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be donated by Flyleaf to Animal Services and Nancy will have real "sniffer dogs" on site!

 

Pet Preparedness Seminar

September 22nd

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Rd, Chapel Hill

This event is part of National Safety Preparedness Month and will combine staff from Emergency Services and Animal Services in a fun and informative seminar on how to prepare your pet and household for an emergency!  Learn to have a pet "go-bag" prepared and ready, and other important tips to keep yourself and your pets safe and identified in an emergency.

Spay Neuter Day

September 30th

Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Rd, Chapel Hill

We will be partnering with SNAP-NC once again to offer FREE spay and neuter surgeries to the pets of qualifying Orange County citizens.  Contact Sarah Fallin at 919-942-7387, ext. 224 to see if you qualify! Registration closes September 19.

2 For 1 Cat Special

April - October

Adopt 2 cats together and get the second for only $50 every year from April through October. Much research shows the advantages of adopting cats in pairs. See the perks yourself by taking advantage of our special today!!