It is a requirement in North Carolina that all cats, dogs and ferrets over 4 months of age be vaccinated against rabies. It is also a requirement that these animals wear a valid rabies tag at all times.
Failure to comply with these requirements could result in a fine or fee.
Vaccinations are available from any licensed veterinarian. Additionally, Orange County offers several low-cost rabies clinics throughout the year. The dates, times and locations for these clinics will be announced throughout the year and the vaccination cost is $10.
Should your pet come in contact with an animal that might be considered a rabies carrier, contact Animal Control immediately at (919) 942-PETS (7387) . In the event of contact is after regular business hours, call 911
Rabies in Orange County and Low-Cost Clinics
Orange County's Animal Services Department has scheduled 11 low-cost rabies vaccination clinics for 2012, beginning in January. 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.
In 2010 in Orange County, there were 12 positive rabies cases, the lowest number in several years. By comparison, there were 20 positive cases in 2008; 19 in 2007; 26 in 2006; and 24 in 2005. It will not be surprising if the number of positive rabies cases rebounds in 2010 because there is a cycle of rabies among host species (such as the raccoon in eastern seaboard states). The incidence of rabies among a host species thus increases and decreases over a period of time.
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.
2013 Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Schedule
Thursday, November 14
microchips offered at this clinic for $25
Animal Services Center
1601 Eubanks Road
|3 - 5 pm|
All 2013 Rabies Clinics will be for 1-year vaccinations only $10.
Checks, cards and cash will be accepted.
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.
World Rabies Day Video Series
September 28th is the annual World Rabies Day, created in part by the CDC and designed to raise awareness annd education about rabies worldwide. Watch the CDC's short video series about rabies and pet protection!
- State Veterinary Public Health/Epidemiology
- National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Department of Human Health & Safety Important News Release About Bats & Rabies from July 2010
- Confirmed positive rabies cases for Orange County, 1996-2011
- Contact our offices
Home for the Holidays!!
Holiday season has arrived and with it comes lots of Animal Services events and specials.
This year, check out the photography exhibit featuring shelter pets of years past. It's available at the main branch of the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough from November 11 - January 11th!!
More H4H event details below!!
Holiday Schedule- Animal Services will be closed on the following dates for holidays:
Tuesday, December 24
Wednesday, December 25
Thursday, December 26
Wednesday, January 1
The Free Roaming Cat Task Force (a subcommittee of the Animal Services Advisory Board) will hold its first meeting Wednesday, December 11 at 6:45 p.m.
Refer to our About Us Page for more info on found animals and animal-related emergencies after hours.
Make a secure donation in a number of areas of care by visiting the Community Giving Fund page
We now have a Mobile Page, designed to help you view our site on your mobile device. Click HERE to use it!
Check out our Animal Cam to see animals in our Featured Pet Room 24 hours a day!
Home for the Holidays!
November 11 - January 11
Reduced adoption fees on all dogs and cats for the holiday season, as well as many other events (detailed below).
*Dogs and puppies $60
*Cats and kittens $50
Canned Pet Food Drive
November 11 - December 21
We will once again be collecting cans of dog and cat food for pet owners in need this holiday season. Donated cans should be brought to the Animal Services Center during regular operating hours. 4 or more donated cans earns a voucher for our Pictures with Santa event on Dec 21st! Donations will be delivered to those in need by OCIM and Meals on Wheels.
Saturday, December 7
Adoptable dogs will be representing Animal Services in the Hillsborough Parade! Parade starts at 10 a.m. on Churton Street!
Chapel Hill/Carrboro Parade
Saturday, December 14
Adoptable dogs will be representing Animal Services in the Chapel Hill Carrboro Parade! Parade starts at 10 a.m. on East Franklin Street!
SNAP-NC Surgery Date
Friday, December 20
SNAP-NC will be in the parking lot of the Animal Services Center for their regular schedule surgeries on Friday, December 20th. To make an appointment with SNAP or to see other dates and locations, visit them online at http://www.snap-nc.org/
Pictures with Santa
Saturday, December 21, 12-4 pm, Animal Services Center
Pictures with Santa will take place on Saturday, Dec 21 at the Animal Services Center. Cost is 4 or more cans of donated food to our Canned Pet Food Drive. Donations can be brought ahead of time for a voucher or the day of the event!
SNAP-NC Surgery Date
Friday, January 3rd
SNAP-NC will be in the parking lot of the Animal Services Center for their regular schedule surgeries on Friday, January 3rd. To make an appointment with SNAP or to see other dates and locations, visit them online at http://www.snap-nc.org/
SNAP-NC Surgery Date
Friday, January 17th
SNAP-NC will be in the parking lot of the Animal Services Center for their regular schedule surgeries on Friday, January 17th. To make an appointment with SNAP or to see other dates and locations, visit them online at http://www.snap-nc.org/