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Anne Arundel County Has Declared May Rabies Prevention Month

Publish Date: 05/08/2014

In an Effort to Promote Rabies Prevention and Awareness

Extended rabies and microchip clinic to be held on May 15
and free rabies clinic to be held on May 18

 

On Thursday, May 15, 2014, Anne Arundel County Animal Control will be offering an extended rabies and microchip clinic for the public. The clinic will be held at Anne Arundel County Animal Control located at 411 Maxwell Frye Road in Millersville, Maryland. In addition, Anne Arundel County Animal Control in partnership with Owensville Primary Care and Anne Arundel County Department of Health will hold a free rabies clinic at Owensville Primary Care located at 134 Owensville Road (Route 255) in West River on Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  
 
“I am excited to announce May as “Rabies Awareness Month” in Anne Arundel County,” said County Executive Laura Neuman. “We have seen an uptick in rabies cases in recent years, but this important initiative, paired with services offered by our Health Department and Animal Control, will better enable us to protect our families and our pets.” 
 
The rabies and microchip clinic, which normally runs from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. every Thursday at Animal Control in Millersville, will be extended until 8:00 p.m. on May 15. This opportunity is being offered in an effort to make rabies vaccination of pets more accessible to the public as it is a requirement of the law. This clinic is open to any Maryland resident. After this extended clinic, the weekly rabies clinics will return to the normal hours of operation of 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays.
  
Lines form outside of the clinic so attendees are encouraged to come prepared for the weather. Clinic attendees are responsible for bringing necessities for both themselves and their pets. Attendees are asked to remain patient in line and maintain a safe distance between pets.  All dogs should be on leash, all cats should be in carriers and any animals with aggression concerns should be muzzled for safety reasons.  Rabies vaccines cost $5 per pet and microchips cost $20 per pet. Animal Control accepts cash (please bring cash in $20 increments or smaller) and checks.
 
During the free rabies clinic on May 18 at Owensville Primary Care, a veterinarian from Muddy Creek Animal Hospital is volunteering her time to administer the vaccinations, volunteers from the staff of Owensville Primary Care, Muddy Creek Animal Hospital and representatives from Anne Arundel County Animal Control are working together to offer this free service. Maryland state law requires that all dogs and cats four months of age or older be vaccinated against rabies. Proof of rabies is also a requirement for the licensing of pets in the county. 
 
 In Anne Arundel County all dogs and cats six months of age or older must be licensed through Anne Arundel County Animal Control. There is no charge for this clinic; however, donations to offset the cost of the vaccine will be greatly appreciated. Pet owners should bring their animals on a leash (dogs) or in carriers (cats). This service is available for all Maryland residents. This is an outdoor clinic so pet owners are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and come prepared to handle both their needs and their pet’s needs.  All dogs should be on leash, all cats should be in carriers and any animals with aggression concerns should be muzzled for safety reasons.  
 
For more information about rabies clinics, please visit our website at www.aacounty.org/animalcontrol or contact us at 410-222-8900.  






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