All dogs and cats (including so-called ‘barn cats’) are required by law to be vaccinated for rabies at four months of age. For dogs, you also must have tags and a valid license proving the vaccination.
Hanover Animal Control makes it easy for people to get their pets vaccinated by holding rabies vaccination clinics in the fall and winter. Vaccines are administered at a cost of $8 per dog or cat.
The first clinic of this season will be held on Saturday, November 9, at Western Hanover Church from 9 a.m. to noon. The Western Hanover Church is located at 16050 Mountain Road in Montpelier. Dr. Scott Nevaiser is the vet.
The veterinarian will administer the shots to the pet at your vehicle; do not bring pets into the building! You will complete your registration inside the facility and return to your vehicle. Drive to the area designated for vaccination. You will be expected to leave the vaccination area as soon as you are done.
Only healthy, non-pregnant animals will be vaccinated. No wolf hybrids or animals other than domestic dogs or cats will be vaccinated.
The vaccination is good for up to three years unless the pet has never had a rabies vaccination before, in which case it is good for one year. Put the rabies tag on the dog’s collar and keep certificates for proof of vaccination.
For more information about rabies or the upcoming rabies vaccination clinics in Hanover County, call Animal Control at 365-6485.