Rabies clinics planned in March for dogs, cats, ferrets 02.27.2024

February 27, 2024

Rabies clinics planned in March 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 Saturdays in March across Mobile County:

• March 2, 10 a.m. to noon, Little Flower Catholic School, 2103 Government Street in Mobile
• March 9, 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)
• March 9, 1 to 3 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• March 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Fest at Medal of Honor Park, 1711 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• March 23, 1 to 3 p.m., B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile
• March 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kuddles-N-Kisses Connection, 11120 Meadow Lark Road in Grand Bay

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

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 212 vaccinations (171 dogs and 41 cats) during February.

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.