Rabies Information

 2016 Low-Cost Rabies Clinics
                                                                       

Cost: $5 per Pet All cats must be in carriers and dogs on leash
Date Time Location Conact $20 Microchips Offered

Saturday, 04/09/2016

9-11 A.M.

Burlington Pet Adoption Center

221 Stone Quarry Rd

Haw River

336-578-0343

YES

Saturday, 06/04/2016

9-11 A.M.

Burlington Pet Adoption Center

221 Stone Quarry Rd

Haw River

336-578-0343

YES

Saturday, 08/06/2016 9-11 A.M. Burlington Pet Adoption Center

221 Stone Quarry Rd

Haw River

336-578-0343 YES
Saturday, 10/01/2016 9-11 A.M. Burlington Pet Adoption Center

221 Stone Quarry Rd

Haw River

336-578-0343 YES

About Rabies 

rabies carriers
North Carolina state law requires owners of dogs, cats and ferrets to have their pets currently vaccinated against rabies, beginning at four months of age and wear a valid rabies tag at all times.

Rabies is a deadly virus that affects the central nervous system causing disease in the brain and death. 
In North Carolina, the most common type of rabies is raccoon-variant rabies. It is found commonly in raccoons, skunks, red and grey foxes, coyotes, wolves, groundhogs and beavers. Bats can also transmit rabies but have their own bat variant rabies virus.

Any mammal can become infected with rabies. The virus can infect domestic pets, agricultural animals such as cows and horses, and people when they are exposed to rabid wildlife. Rabies is transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal but also can be spread by the saliva coming into contact with an open wound or broken skin.

Additional information about Rabies is available at the NC Department of Health and Human Services Epidemiology Division's website by clicking here.

What You Can Do

  • Vaccinate your pets against rabies and keep the vaccinations current.
  • Keep pets inside. Supervise pets outside, and keep dogs on a leash.
  • Do not feed pets outside. Pet food and mulch attract wildlife.
  • Avoid wildlife. Do not touch, pet or feed any wildlife whether they appear to be sick or not.
  • Do not approach any animal that is unfamiliar to you or your family.
  • Secure garbage cans with wildlife-proof lids.

Vaccinations are available from any licensed veterinarian.  Additionally, Burlington Animal Services and Alamance County's Health Department offers several low-cost rabies clinics throughout the year. The dates, times and locations for these clinics will be announced throughout the year. Cost of vaccinations are only $5.00

Should your pet come in contact with an animal that might be considered a rabies carrier, contact your local Animal Control immediately, or call 911 after regular business hours. If you live in the City of Burlington you can call us at (336) 578-1386. Visit our Animal Control page for more information on who to call for Animal Control Services in Alamance County.

Rabies in Alamance County

The following chart includes data gathered by the Alamance County Health Department's Environmental Health Section about rabies in Alamance County

 

 2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

 2014

Average

 Animal Bite Reports

 251

248

190

209

254

 258

235

 Specimens Tested for Rabies

 61

71

72

48

45

 44

57

 Specimens Positive for Rabies

8

7

6

8

 5

6

 % Positive

 6.56%

11.27%

9.72%

12.50%

17.78%

 11.36%

10.52%