Rabies clinics planned in April for dogs, cats, ferrets 04.02.2024

April 2, 2024

Rabies clinics planned in April for dogs, cats, 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 weekends in April across Mobile County:

• April 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Little Flower Catholic School, 2103 Government Street in Mobile
• April 13, 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howells Ferry Road in Mobile
• April 13, 1 to 3 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• April 20, 10 a.m. to noon, Glamour Paws Grooming, 10005 Dauphin Island Parkway in Theodore
• April 26, 9 a.m. to noon, hosted by Prichard Animal Shelter, 2402 West Rebel Road (the clinic will be in the Prichard Municipal Stadium parking lot)

These events will be drive-through clinics. The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $12. All rabies shots are payable in cash.

Town & Country Animal Hospital is also conducting a rabies clinic on April 6 as a fundraiser for Semmes Middle School. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school (4566 Ed George Road). The cost is $12 for a one-year vaccine and $30 for a three-year vaccine. One dollar per vaccination will be donated to the 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. MCHD’s Rabies Officer provided 308 vaccinations (244 dogs and 64 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 2,004 household pets (1,600 dogs and 404 cats) in 2023. 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.