October 3, 2023
Rabies clinics planned in October 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 October across Mobile County:
• October 7, 10 a.m. to noon, Little Flower Catholic School, 2103 Government Street in Mobile
• October 14, 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• October 14, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howells Ferry Road in Mobile
• October 21, 1 to 3 p.m., Saint Elmo Feed & Seed Store, 9001 Highway 90 West
• October 28, 10 a.m. to noon, 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.
There is another rabies clinic scheduled for October 7 at the City of Prichard Animal Shelter (2402 West Rebel Road). It will be from 9 a.m. to noon. 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 271 vaccinations (238 dogs and 33 cats) during September.
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.