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Annual rabies vaccination drive to be held in June

rabies vaccination_600The annual Rabies Drive sponsored by the Shelby County Health Department's (SCHD) Vector Control Program will be held Saturday, June 7, and Saturday, June 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Residents are encouraged to bring their dogs and cats to either location listed below to receive rabies vaccinations:

* 9774 (Fire Station #65), Lakeland
* 5469 Raleigh Millington (Fire Station #66), Millington

"The Rabies Vaccination Drive is an excellent time to safely vaccinate your pets without paying additional administrative costs," said Daniel Sprenger, Ph.D., manager of the SCHD Vector Control Program. "The vaccination will protect your pet from an avoidable illness, as well as your family."

 

 

Although the majority of rabies cases occur in wildlife, most humans will need the rabies vaccine after being exposed to infected domestic animals. It is affordable to vaccinate pets before they are exposed to animals carrying the rabies virus.

The rabies tag, required by law, varies depending on the city of residence.

Memphis
Sterile: Tags = $15
Fertile: Tags = $25

Shelby County
Sterile: Tags = $15
Fertile:Tags = $25

Germantown
Sterile: Tags = $20
Fertile: Tags = $25

Bartlett
Sterile: Tags = $20
Fertile: Tags = $26

All dogs must be on a leash and cats in a carrier to ensure the safety of both the pet and the public.

For more information regarding the Rabies Drive, call the Shelby County Health Department's Vector Control Program at 901-222-9715 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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