Norfolk offers $5 rabies vaccinations

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File photo of a kitten at the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (Judah Taylor/Southside Daily)

File photo of a kitten at the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (Judah Taylor/Southside Daily)

September 28 is World Rabies Day, and on Saturday, Sept. 24, Norfolk pet owners can bring their dogs and cats in to get immunized.

Rabies might be more common than you think.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control, the number of rabies cases has jumped, hitting 6,033 reports of rabies in animals, and one human case in the United States and Puerto Rico in 2014.

In this region of the country, rabies is primarily distributed by raccoons, the CDC said, with 528 total cases reported in 2014.

At Saturday’s rabies clinic, offered by the Norfolk Department of Public Health, the cost of immunization will be $5 per dog or cat, and owners must pay in cash. Animals must have a previous rabies certificate to get their 3-year vaccine; otherwise, they can get a 1-year vaccine.

Cats must be carriers and dogs on leashes, and all animals must be over 12 weeks old.

The Public Health headquarters building is located at 830 Southampton Ave. and will be open from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday.

The Norfolk Department of Public Health cautions people not to approach or feed animals that aren’t theirs. They should report all bites and scratches. Dogs and cats should be current on vaccinations and be kept in the yard.

Animal Control can be reached at 757-664-7387. The Department of Public Health can be reached at 757-683-2712.

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