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April 23, 2014

Catawba County Animal Services will begin a new series of rabies vaccination clinics on May 3, 2014. All clinics will be held on Saturdays and spread out over the year and across the county in hopes of making clinics convenient for citizens.

All pets brought to these clinics will receive a one-year rabies vaccination. A fee of $5, which is unchanged from last year, will be charged for each vaccination. The fee is set to recoup the cost of the vaccine.

The Catawba County Animal Shelter also provides one year rabies vaccinations to pet owners year round, Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Here is the schedule for the clinics, all on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon:

May 3 St. Stephens Dog Park, 2247 36th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601

June 7 Banoak Elementary School, 7651 Highway 10 West, Vale

July 5 Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue Base, 4011 Slanting Bridge Road, Sherrills Ford

August 2 Catawba Fire Department, 108 North Main Street, Catawba

September 6 Riverbend Dog Park, 6700 Highway 16 North, Conover

“All dogs must be on a leash and under control of the dog owner, at all times, at the Rabies Clinic sites,” said Bryan Blanton, Catawba County’s Emergency Services Director. “All cats must be in a carrier for the safety and security of the cat.”

North Carolina law states that it is the duty of the owner of every dog, cat and ferret over four months of age to have them vaccinated for rabies," Blanton added. “Pet owners face a $50 fine if they do not have pets vaccinated. Tags showing proof of the vaccination of dogs must be placed on the dog’s collar. Cat and ferret owners must be able to show proof of a current vaccination in the form of a rabies certificate.”

Rabies is a very dangerous disease that infects only mammals and is spread by infected animals through bites, saliva or cerebral spinal fluid. While it is mainly carried by wild animals, any pets that aren’t vaccinated are at great risk if they come in contact with an infected animal. Rabies is a fatal virus that attacks the central nervous system. That's why it’s so important for pet owners across Catawba County to take advantage of these clinics.

For more information on the County’s 2014 Rabies Vaccination Clinics, you may call the Catawba County Animal Shelter at 828-464-7686 or visit