If you have pets that need a rabies vaccination, mark you r calendars for the week of May 18-22.

Every spring and fall, Haywood County Animal Control and the Haywood County Health Department sponsor a series of Rabies Clinics to encourage citizens to get their pets vaccinated. According to North Carolina law, in order for a rabies vaccine to be current, all dogs and cats four months old and older must be vaccinated against rabies. North Carolina courts have ruled that to be in compliance with the law, the rabies vaccination must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

The clinics will be held at the following locations:

  • Monday, May 18 - Canton Middle School
  • Tuesday, May 19 - Jonathan Valley Elementary School and Beaverdam Community Center
  • Wednesday, May 20 - Hazelwood Elementary School
  • Thursday, May 21 - Bethel Middle School
  • Friday, May 22 - Riverbend Elementary School

The cost per vaccine is $6. The clinics will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. In addition, many Haywood County veterinarians will offer rabies shots for $6 during normal business hours on each of the clinic days.

For more information on rabies in Haywood County, please contact Animal Control at 456-5338 or the county Environmental Health Department at 452-6682. There is also a wealth of information on rabies available on the web from the Epidemiology Division of North Carolina Public Health at www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/rabies/, or from the federal Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rabies/ .

For more information, contact:
David Teague, Public Information Coordinator
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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