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

April 1, 2022

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 2 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Little Flower Catholic School, 2103 Government Street in Mobile
• April 8 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile
• April 9 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• April 16 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., Kuddles-N-Kisses Connection, 11120 Meadow Lark Road in Grand Bay
• April 23 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., Pampered Pets, 3018 Airport Boulevard in Mobile

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.

In addition to these MCHD events, Town & Country Animal Hospital will host two rabies drive-through clinics. The first will be April 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Semmes Middle School (4566 Ed George Road). The second will be April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rose Lott Middle School (17740 Celeste Road in Citronelle). The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $12, with $1 being donated to the hosting school.

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.

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.

In 2021, MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,620 household pets. 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 www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/assets/RabiesQuarantineFactSheet.pdf.