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A NinaIt 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 low-cost rabies clinics throughout the year. The dates, times and locations for these clinics are listed below and the vaccination cost is $10. Click here to see the list of clinics offered by OCAS.

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.

Important Rabies Resources

Rabies in Orange County and 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.

In 2016, there were 7 confirmed rabies cases in Orange County. There were 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. Click here to see a distribution map 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.

2017 Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Schedule

DateLocationTimeNotes
Thursday, July 20 Animal Services Center

1601 Eubanks Road

Chapel Hill, NC 
3 pm - 5 pm

1 and 3-year vaccines available.

3-year requires proof of previous vaccination.

Saturday, August 5

Schley Grange

Schley Road

Hillsborough, NC 
9 am - 12 pm

only 1-year vaccinations offered for this clinic

cash only

Thursday, August 17 Animal Services Center

1601 Eubanks Road

Chapel Hill, NC 
3 pm - 5 pm

1 and 3-year vaccines available.

3-year requires proof of previous vaccination.

Thursday, September 28 Farmer's Market

Margaret Lane

Hillsborough, NC
5 pm - 7 pm

1 and 3-year vaccines available.

3-year requires proof of previous vaccination.

Saturday, September 30 Animal Services Center

1601 Eubanks Road

Chapel Hill, NC 
9 am - 12 pm

1 and 3-year vaccines available.

3-year requires proof of previous vaccination.

Thursday, October 26 Farmer's Market

Margaret Lane

Hillsborough, NC
5 pm - 7 pm

1 and 3-year vaccines available.

3-year requires proof of previous vaccination.

Thursday, November 16 Animal Services Center

1601 Eubanks Road

Chapel Hill, NC
3 pm - 5 pm

1 and 3-year vaccines available.

3-year requires proof of previous vaccination.



Most 2017 Rabies Clinics will offer both 1-year and 3-year vaccinations. The Schley clinic will only offer 1-year vaccines.  Cost for rabies vaccinations is $10.  For clinics offering microchips, the cost for microchips is $35.

Checks, cards and cash will be accepted unless otherwise noted for specific clinics. 

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.

Rabies Clinic Requirements

 

Additional Information



ORANGE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES
1601 EUBANKS RD.
CHAPEL HILL, NC 27516
919-942-PETS(7387)

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UPCOMING EVENTS...

Animal Services is now taking applications for the Pat Sanford Animal Welfare Grant! 
Applications due by December 1st, 2017

Click here for more information and application.

Dog Adoption Month!
October 2017
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Adoption fees reduced for all dogs and puppies during October 2017. Dogs: $65, Puppies: $70 

2 for 1 Cat Adoption Special!
Good until October 31, 2017 

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Adopt any 2 cats together and the second cat is FREE! Because life is more fun with a friend.

Low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic
Thursday, October 26
5pm -7pm

This clinic will be held at the Farmer's Market in Hillsborough, located on Margaret Lane. 
One and three-year vaccinations available for $10 (must have a previous rabies certification in hand to receive 3-year vaccine, a tag alone is not sufficient). Microchips offered for $35. Please bring animals on leashes and in carriers.  
See details and other rabies clinic dates this year on our rabies page.

Margaret's Cantina Dinner Proceeds
Every 2nd Monday of the month

Eat dinner at Margaret's Cantina on the 2nd Monday of every month and 10% of proceeds will go to the Spay/Neuter Program at Animal Services.