Orange County Animal Services Center will hold a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic tomorrow (Thursday, March 17) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the shelter, 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill. North Carolina law requires all dogs, cats and ferrets more than 4 months old to be vaccinated against the disease.
The vaccination costs $10 and is open to the public. Dogs should be kept on leashes and cats in their carriers.
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous systems of mammals. Though all mammals can contract and carry rabies, the most common wildlife reservoirs in North Carolina are raccoons, bats, skunks and foxes. The disease is typically spread through saliva into an open wound.
Animals not current on their rabies vaccination that encounter a rabies vector must either be euthanized or quarantined for six months at the owner's expense.
See today's (Wednesday, March 16) edition of the News of Orange for more details.