Rabies clinics planned in April for dogs, cats, and ferrets

March 27, 2023

Rabies clinics planned in April for dogs, cats, and ferrets

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department provides low-cost rabies shots for dogs, cats, and ferrets that are good for one year during weekend clinics. Here is a list of the rabies clinics planned during April in Mobile County:

• April 1 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Little Flower Catholic School, 2103 Government Street in Mobile
• April 8 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• April 8 (Saturday), 12:30 to 2 p.m., Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howells Ferry Road in Mobile
• April 15 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Prichard Animal Shelter, 2404 Rebel Road
• April 22 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Glamour Paws Grooming, 10005 Dauphin Island Parkway in Theodore
• April 29 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pine Air Baptist Church, 10341 Highway 188 in Grand Bay

In order to adhere to social distancing recommendations, these events will be drive-through clinics. The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $12. All rabies shots are payable in cash.

An additional rabies clinic is set for Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Semmes Middle School (4566 Ed George Road). This will be conducted by Town & Country Animal Hospital. The cost of a one-year vaccine is $12, while a three-year vaccine is $30. One dollar per rabies vaccination will be donated to Semmes Middle School. For questions, call 251-633-7387.

Each month, MCHD’s Rabies Officer provides residents with low-cost vaccines for their pet dogs, cats, and ferrets at a variety of locations. The state of Alabama tasks local health departments with providing affordable rabies vaccinations to pet owners. MCHD’s Rabies Officer provided 118 vaccinations (93 dogs and 25 cats) during March.

Rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system. It is transmitted from infected mammals to humans and is fatal once symptoms appear. Symptoms of rabies include unusual behavior, irritability, headache, fever, inability to eat or drink, balance problems, circling, seizures, coma, and, finally, death. All warm-blooded mammals, including humans, are susceptible to rabies.

MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,537 household pets (1,247 dogs and 290 cats) in 2022. To learn more about our program, visit https://mchd.org/disease-control/#rabies.

A Rabies Quarantine Fact Sheet is available through the Alabama Department of Public Health at https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/assets/rabiesquarantinefactsheet.pdf.