Low-Cost Clinics

Orange County's Animal Services Department schedules low-cost rabies clinics annually. Clinics are very important as North Carolina continues to be affected by the epidemic of "eastern raccoon rabies" that began in the latter half of the 1990s.

Confirmed Cases

In 2017, there were 9 confirmed rabies cases in Orange County. There were 6 confirmed cases in 2016, 11 confirmed rabies cases in 2015, and 23 confirmed cases in 2014. In both 2012 and 2013, there were 12 positive cases. By comparison, there were 20 positive cases in 2008; 19 in 2007; 26 in 2006; and 24 in 2005. The incidence of rabies among a host species increases and decreases over a period of time. View a distribution map (PDF) of positive cases in Orange County between 2010 and 2014.

It is for this reason that Orange County residents are urged to remain vigilant. Pet owners must be sure that our dogs, cats, and ferrets are currently vaccinated against rabies and also that they immediately receive a booster shot if there is any possible exposure to rabies or a rabies vector.


Low-cost rabies vaccination clinics are one of several rabies-related services offered by Orange County Animal Services. Staff also educates the public, investigates potential rabies exposures, and enforces applicable rabies regulations.

Please bring animals on leashes or in carriers. A previous rabies certificate is required for the 3-year rabies vaccine.

2019 Schedule 

Saturday, January 19Animal Services Center
1601 Eubanks Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
9 a.m. to Noon1 and 3-year vaccines available.
3-year requires proof of previous vaccination.
Thursday, February 21Farmer's Market
on Margaret Lane
in Hillsborough, NC
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.1 and 3-year vaccines available.
3-year requires proof of previous vaccination.
March 2019TBD

April 2019TBD

May 2019TBD

June 2019TBD

July 2019TBD

August 2019


September 2019TBD

October 2019TBD

2018 Rabies Clinics will offer both 1-year and 3-year vaccinations. Microchips will also be offered for $35. Checks, cards and cash will be accepted unless otherwise noted for specific clinics.

Replacement Tags & Certificates

Replacement rabies tags or rabies vaccination certificates for animals vaccinated at Orange County Animal Services Center are available for $6. Please visit in person during regular business hours to obtain a replacement.


View rabies clinic requirements.